Mum told she can’t trim walnut tree that could kill anaphylactic daughter

Chantel Beck along with her daughters, Bonnie, 5, left, and six-year-old Beau who has a lethal nut allergy (Image: Archant/ Norwich Night Information)

A mom whose daughter has a lethal nut allergy might be dragged to court docket if she trims a walnut tree. 

Chantel Beck, 40, says her neighbour’s 55ft tree is a well being threat to six-year-old Beau as walnuts fall from overhanging branches into her backyard in Trowse, Norfolk. 

The mum-of-two stated Beau had an anaphylactic shock after enjoying within the backyard in 2019.  

‘[Walnuts] mulch and thru play it will get on her fingers and fingers after which on her face and earlier than it it’s in her system,’ she advised Norwich Evening News.  

Ms Beck stated Beau had hives and was clutching her throat as her ears and lips swelled up. 

She stated: ‘The response isn’t simply itchy pores and skin, it’s anaphylactic.’ 

Ms Beck gained permission to trim the tree in 2018, however consent has since lapsed. 

Following medical recommendation to scale back Beau’s publicity to walnuts, she utilized once more to scale back its measurement. 

Walnuts drop into her backyard from the overhanging tree branches (Image: Archant/ Norwich Night Information)

However South Norfolk Council refused and is now searching for a tree preservation order following concern that the work would injury the tree’s well being. 

The council additionally cited the ‘robust feeling’ from eleven villagers who objected to the plans. 

One objector, who known as themselves an ‘artist’, stated the 100-year-old tree contributes to Trowse’s ‘rural character’ and so they frequently take pleasure in drawing it. 

One other stated it was a ‘landmark’ tree within the space, which gives a harvest of ‘particularly giant’ walnuts within the late summer time. 

A conservation officer stated ‘some pruning work could be acceptable’ however the extent of labor proposed by Ms Beck would result in ‘illness and decay’.  

Nonetheless, Ms Beck did get the help from 17 individuals who backed her proposals. 

One supporter stated: ‘Though it will likely be upsetting from a visible perspective for some native residents, when you think about the very harmful well being implications this might have on a small youngster, I can’t see how anybody can object to this.’ 

If Ms Beck defies the council, she might face a authorized battle in court docket.  

Councillor Lisa Neal reportedly stated she had contacted the mom to discover a ‘compromise to assist either side’. 

She added: ‘On one facet you will have Chantal’s daughter with the well being implications, on the opposite folks really feel it’s a beautiful tree and don’t wish to have an excessive amount of lower off it as a result of that might injury or kill the tree.’ has contacted South Norfolk Council for remark. 

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