A MUM-of-four had the fright of her life after her two young boys were “nearly killed” by a falling tree branch.
Regan Farrington, aged five, and Dylan Beard, aged four, had been playing football on Campden Green in Lyndon on Monday morning (June 11) when their mum, who was at a neighbour’s house opposite, heard ‘an almighty crash’.
Rushing out, Sian Jones, who lives in the road, was horrified to see the tree falling exactly where her sons had been playing moments before, and Dylan and Regan running towards her screaming.
“I’m petrified,” said the 28-year-old full-time mum. “The oak tree just snapped and practically hit my children. I ran out just in time to see it hitting the ground. Just where my sons had been playing.
“If it had landed on them, they would have been killed. All I can think about is that they so easily could be dead right now.
“The boys are crying now. They say they don’t like trees anymore. I’m terrified.”
Sian urged the council to do more checks of greenery.
“The council should definitely be checking the trees, especially with the gale force winds we’ve had recently,” she added.
“Why don’t they do it every time they come out to mow the grass? It’s normally full of kids, Campden Green. It could have gone at any time. It was so close, any closer and we’d be picking a tree up from a dead little boy.”
A Solihull Council spokesperson said trees were assessed from the ground by sight.
“We received a report of a large branch falling in Campden Green and are relieved no-one was hurt.
“In the type of weather conditions we have had recently, it is common for branches to fall, but it does not mean our trees are unsafe. We have a robust and thorough system for assessing the safety of trees.”