A LARGE branch snapped off a tree and came crashing down onto a parked car near the children's play area on the recreation ground today.
Fortunately, eyewitnesses said nobody was injured, but the incident sparked safety concerns considering the tree's close proximity to the children's play area.
Clare Fitzsimmons, who saw the branch snap off the tree, said: "Thankfully nobody was hurt – but it could have been a very different story – as you’d imagine, the area was very busy on a sunny day in the school holidays."
Stratford-on-Avon District Council said officers were on site within 15 minutes. They removed the branch around 3pm.
The children's play area nearby was busy at the time.
A spokesperson said: “One of the Ash Trees on the Recreation Ground lost a couple of branches today.
"There are no visible defects to account for this, and all trees in this area have been fully surveyed in the last few months to ensure the safety of the public on our sites.
"This instance is believed to be as a result of a phenomenon known as summer branch drop, which is associated with long periods of exceptional hot weather and unfortunately cannot be predicted.
"Luckily no one was hurt by this incident, and a private car suffered only minor scratches.”
Photos: Clare Fitzsimmons
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