A GIANT crane was needed to get to the root of the problem after high winds toppled this 70-foot tree, sending it crashing into a house.
Luckily only minor damage was caused to the Solihull property and its retired owners escaped injury.
The leylandii, in the garden of Kingfield Road, Solihull Lodge, crashed through a fence on Monday afternoon.
It struck the side of the neighbouring house, ripping off guttering.
One of the occupiers, who asked not to be named, said: “We heard it go in the wind. There was nothing we could do. We called the police.
“It’s a tall tree, so we’re relieved it didn’t do any damage.”
Police and firefighters arrived at the scene at around 4pm, checking the tree was sturdy and did not pose a hazard to the public.
Tree surgeon Paul Nowell, of Midland Forestry, looked over the damage.
He said: “The leylandii has a shallow root so, with very wet ground and very high winds, it did not take much for it to go over.
“A huge crane had to be brought in as there is no easy access to the back garden and the tree would have to be winched clear over the house.
“The tree was sawn at the root and, using huge chains, lifted over the house.”