Fruit trees maintenance on Grange Hill

Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Could you please let me know
1. which varieties of fruit trees and bushes grow on Grange Hill and how many of each variety?
2. the name of the the mature fruit tree which was heavily cut on Sunday, 11.10. 2015 by FofGH volunteers?
3. Who gave permission to the FofGH to cut the branches?
4. How the volunteers are trained re tree work?
5.how you make sure that the volunteers have read and understood the grange hill management plan?
6. Why the work session wasn't advertised in the Grange Hill notice board as agreed?
7. Does the management plan state that paths other than registered official footpaths need to be cleared?
8. If yes, what is the agreed maximum width?

Yours faithfully,

Birgitta Kuhlmann-Müller

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms. Kuhlmann-Müller

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act. Please find Wirral Borough Council’s responses alongside your questions below.

I hope this information is of interest to you.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Henderson
Information Management Officer

Information Management
Legal & Member Services
Transformation & Resources Department
Wallasey Town Hall
Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 

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Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Fruit trees maintenance on Grange Hill'.

Please find my reasons below your response.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Could you please let me know
1. which varieties of fruit trees and bushes grow on Grange Hill and how many of each variety?

A thorough survey of the fruit trees and bushes on Grange Hill has not been conducted. The Council therefore has no recorded information to provide to you in response to this question.

I request a review into this missing information . The management plans in previous years stated that a tree survey should be conducted and the most recent management plan includes the necessity to register and record mature fruit trees.

2. the name of the the mature fruit tree which was heavily cut on Sunday, 11.10. 2015 by FofGH volunteers?

The tree did not have an individual name. The Council therefore has no recorded information to provide to you in response to this question.

I request a review why WBC can't identify the variety name of the cut tree.
Any ranger and horticultural trained officer should be able to find out the name of this fruit tree variety.
I repeat my question that WBC identifies the variety name of this fruit tree, which was so heavily and unprofessionally cut, that its survival is at risk.

3. Who gave permission to the FofGH to cut the branches?

The Friends of Grange Hill cut back the fruit trees as part of their work to clear vegetation which was obscuring the footpath. The work of the volunteers is supervised by staff from the Parks, Allotments and Countryside Service.

Thank you for this information, but no WBC officer was present on the work Sunday,and the volunteers even didn't know that it was a fruit tree they were cutting.
I request a review how permission could have been given without inspecting the area and informing the volunteers about the fruit tree.

4. How the volunteers are trained re tree work?

Volunteers are given tool talks and guidance on safe working practices by the Ranger.

Thanks for the information, yet I had asked specifically re tree work- not tools instructions and Health and safety issues.
Could you please let me know how volunteers are trained to identify the trees they are supposed to cut.
Could you please also let me know how they are trained to use the right pruning methods to prevent the trees to get diseased or even be at risk not to survive by unprofessional pruning.

5.how you make sure that the volunteers have read and understood the grange hill management plan?

It is not necessary for all the volunteers to read the management plan, as tasks are supervised by staff from the Parks, Allotments and Countryside Service.

I request a review why volunteers don't need to know the content of the management plan as the work sessions are not physically supervised by WBC staff. This has on that Sunday and in the past led to misunderstandings and unnecessary/ unprofessional felling and cutting.

6. Why the work session wasn't advertised in the Grange Hill notice board as agreed?

The Council note that on this occasion there was a short delay in the event being advertised on the notice board by the Friends of Grange Hill. The upcoming events are now clearly advertised in the notice board.

7. Does the management plan state that paths other than registered official footpaths need to be cleared?

The management plan is a public document which is available for reference in West Kirby library. In understand that you have also been emailed a copy of the plan.

Your request is therefore refused in accordance with Regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs.

Reg.6.(1) Where an applicant requests that the information be made available in a particular form or format, a public authority shall make it so available, unless
(a) it is reasonable for it to make the information available in another form or format; or .
(b) the information is already publicly available and easily accessible to the applicant in another form or format.

You have the right under Regulation 11 to ask for this decision to be reviewed. To do so please use the contact details below detailing the nature of your dissatisfaction within 40 working days..

In the event that the Council’s review does not address your concerns, you have the right under Regulation 18 to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose office is situated at

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

8. If yes, what is the agreed maximum width?

See response to Q7.

Yours faithfully,

Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Kuhlmann-Muller

 

Thank you for your request for an Internal review of the Council’s
response to your enquiry, please take the contents of this email as our
response to your request for an Internal Review.

 

As the reviewing officer I have revisited your enquiry, please find the
outcome of this review as follows:

 

 

In reviewing Q1 of your request regards which varieties of fruit trees and
bushes grow on Grange Hill we responded to you as follows:

“A thorough survey of the fruit trees and bushes on Grange Hill has not
been conducted.  The Council therefore has no recorded information to
provide to you in response to this question.”

 

You have asked for a review of this information

“I request a review into this missing information. The management plans in
previous years stated that a tree survey should be conducted and the most
recent management plan includes the necessity to register and record
mature fruit trees.”

 

As part of this review I can confirm that the Parks and Countryside
Service has no recorded information to provide to you in respect of this
query.

 

 

In reviewing Q2 of your request regards the name of the mature fruit tree,
we responded to you as follows:

“The tree did not have an individual name. The Council therefore has no
recorded information to provide to you in response to this question.”

    

You have asked for a review of this information

“I request a review why WBC can't identify the variety name of the cut
tree. Any ranger and horticultural trained officer should be able to find
out the name of this fruit tree variety. I repeat my question that WBC
identifies the variety name of this fruit tree, which was so heavily and
unprofessionally cut, that its survival is at risk.”

 

As part of this review I can confirm that the Parks and Countryside
Service has no recorded information regards the name of this tree.  In
accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to offer
you advice and assistance, Parks and Countryside will not be conducting a
full survey of all trees on Grange Hill,  they have confirmed it would be
prohibitively costly and time consuming.   However, in order to advise
you, any information submitted to their service in a suitable format could
potentially be incorporated in the management plan for information. 
Please be advised if you wish to make a comment or complaint about a
council service, you may submit these comments/complaints online,
following the steps at this link
[1]https://www.wirral.gov.uk/about-council/....

 

 

 

In reviewing Q3 of your request regards who gave permission to cut
branches, we responded to you as follows:

“The Friends of Grange Hill cut back the fruit trees as part of their work
to clear vegetation which was obscuring the footpath. The work of the
volunteers is supervised by staff from the Parks, Allotments and
Countryside Service.”

    

You have asked for a review of this information

“Thank you for this information, but no WBC officer was present on the
work Sunday, and the volunteers even didn't know that it was a fruit tree
they were cutting. I request a review how permission could have been given
without inspecting the area and informing the volunteers about the fruit
tree.”

 

As part of this review I can confirm that the Parks and Countryside
service has provided all the information it holds in response this query,
however Parks and Countryside has noted your comments made.

 

 

 

In reviewing Q4 of your request regards tree work we responded to you as
follows:

“Volunteers are given tool talks and guidance on safe working practices by
the Ranger”

 

You have asked for a review of this information

           

“Thanks for the information, yet I had asked specifically re tree work-
not tools instructions and Health and safety issues. Could you please let
me know how volunteers are trained to identify the trees they are supposed
to cut. Could you please also let me know how they are trained to use the
right pruning methods to prevent the trees to get diseased or even be at
risk not to survive by unprofessional pruning.”

    

As part of this review I can confirm that the Parks and Countryside
service has provided all the information it holds in response to this
query.  

 

 

In reviewing Q5 of your request regards volunteers and the Grange Hill
management plan we responded to you as follows:

    “It is not necessary for all the volunteers to read the management
plan, as tasks are supervised by staff from the Parks, Allotments and
Countryside Service.”

 

You have asked for a review of this information

“I request a review why volunteers don't need to know the content of the
management plan as the work sessions are not physically supervised by WBC
staff. This has on that Sunday and in the past led to misunderstandings
and unnecessary/ unprofessional felling and cutting.”

 

As part of this review I can confirm that the Parks and Countryside
service has provided all the information it holds in response this query,
to offer you advice and assistance, if you wish to make a comment or
complaint regards a council service please do so as detailed above.

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the result of your internal review, you have
the right to complain to the Information Commissioner,
[2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/.

 

Thank you for your enquiry.

Yours sincerely,

 

Tracy O’Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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use it for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you
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example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge.

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