A large branch fell from an ash in Ruskin Park on Saturday - I'd guess came down between 7.15am and 8.00ish and the wind wasn't even particularly strong that morning. It was partially separated from the trunk, hanging on by a thread, and so from where I could see, could have come down completely at any moment.
I immediately reported it to Lambeth, mentioning the usual words that I thought might ring some bells - 'children', dangerous' etc. and received their standard reply 'We'll get back to you within 10 working days' and so for the rest of the Saturday and Sunday which was a warm weekend and so busy in the park. We looked at families let their play around the boughs in contact with the ground. At one point, I watched a group of dads watching their kids playing among the grounded branches and later, unbelievably, a father jumping up and down on the bough, trying to make it separate from the trunk while his very young child played underneath!
Suffice to say Lambeth's tree crew turned up first thing Monday morning and chainsawed it apart.
Anyway, I just wanted to pass on that if they fail, branches can be really unstable. When they fall from the trunk, they don't just tumble downwards, they can twist and buck with the forces involved so anyone nearby needs to get away asap. This all might sound alarmist and nanny-state (yeah, whatever) but if one person reads this and keeps away next time .. that's a result.