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    Tree Climbing - is there a law against it?

    Well the Summer holidays are in full flow and I'm having a stressful time due to the fact that my youngest loves to tree climb! A couple of days ago he made a smashing tyre swing with his Grandad and went out to play with it with two of his pals (all 9yrs old). Not long after they had been out 2 Community Support Officers came along and chatted with the boys and one even had a swing on the tyre!
    Next day they are out playing again when the Police arrive, tell the boys they are not allowed to climb the tree and take down there names and addressess and inform them that if they climb the tree again they will have letters sent home to their parents!
    GRRRRR I am soooo angry!!!
    Are the Police allowed to take his details without informing me? Also have little lads for generations not climbed trees? Is there a law banning it?

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    this is ridiculous (spell!)

    fair enough if they are chopping down the trees etc but there is nothing wrong with climbing them, from the laws point of view i have no idea though

    Original Poster

    It's really got me annoyed, I'm trying to teach my boys to have respect for the Police and other people, I don't allow them to kick the ball in the street, hang around street corners or generally annoy people but it seems that they arn't allowed to do anything these days.
    I am most concerned though about the Police taking down his details then putting the fear of God into him about getting a letter sent home, Christ he's only 9, and the tree is just around the corner to our house. If it was that much of a problem why didn't they come to me?

    Tell em to go climb the tree then IF the letter arrives take it to the cop shop and ask to see the relevant law.

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    I'm guessing its because the trees weren't surrounded by 12" thick mattresses ;-)

    I've never heard of this myself, but will ask my brother tonight. He's a police sargeant and knows about these things.
    One point though, there are a lot of local council bylaws that have been introduced because of the number of accidents that have happend and of course the modern society who look to apportion blame and claim compensation. It may well be that this is indeed correct, and it is all down to our own greed that it has to be enforced.

    Crikey. No wonder we have so many obese kids. Every time they step out the house some killjoy will tell them they are doing something they shouldn't be, even if it is something as innocent as this!

    Banned

    Depends where the tree is

    Banned

    what land is the tree on, more likely to do with that then the actual climbing of trees

    lumoruk;2643038

    It might refer to criminal damage of the tree, but as long as they … It might refer to criminal damage of the tree, but as long as they weren't breaking large branches there shouldn't be a problem.



    I'm not sure, thats why I will ask my brother, but the problem is not one of damage but the safety of the kids playing and the fact that too many people in this day and age look for handouts when something goes wrong. It is a sad fact that we now live in a compensation claim culture, and the result of that is you loose some of your freedom to do the things we always did as kids.

    AnotherDave;2643011

    Crikey. No wonder we have so many obese kids. Every time they step out … Crikey. No wonder we have so many obese kids. Every time they step out the house some killjoy will tell them they are doing something they shouldn't be, even if it is something as innocent as this!



    A neighbour gave my kids into trouble for playingn football in our communal garden and thats exactly how I feel.

    Tree Climbing - is there a law against it?
    I very much doubt it unless the tree isn't big/strong enough to hold their weight .... or it is in some way dangerous to someone else ..
    If it is then it's the first I have heard of it ..... all my children climbed trees when they were younger.. all kids do it ! I spent most of my youth up a tree or fence :roll:(yes I was a tomboy)

    i spent my youth climbing trees as well ( i confess i was a tomboy too, well no actually thts rong i was a girl who liked climbing trees lol)

    wen i was younger we also spent the time running around playing cricket 40-40 home runouts things like tht all it seems kids do now is sit around smoke and swear lol listen to me im only 26 but have a 12 yr old sis and its really annoyin tht wen kids try and use innitiative and r doin something fun they r shot dwn 4 it,
    now i can appreciate if ur son was throwing things at ppl or breaking branches then yea its reasonable 4 them to be told off but surely if thts the case the officers should of escorted them home and told u!

    if anything i think u shud write a letter to ur local station and request an apology and really milk it say ur son is now petrified of police officers!!!

    Original Poster

    Thanks for everyones replies
    The tree is behind a row of houses, infront of a building yard on a large piece of grass. Its not private land or anything.

    camew;2643670

    Thanks for everyones replies The tree is behind a row of houses, infront … Thanks for everyones replies The tree is behind a row of houses, infront of a building yard on a large piece of grass. Its not private land or anything.



    they are not protected trees, are they?

    it's illegal in canada.


    we're not in canada though.

    Why don't you email "The One Show"? They would love this story.

    [COLOR="DarkOrchid"]Complain to your local police station, and ask them what law they were breaking. When my son was 12, he was stopped and searched because 'he had his hands in his pockets', he got a formal apology after I complained![/COLOR]

    Original Poster

    I don't think they are protected trees, just a random tree in the middle of a pice of grass. I'm going to call my local police station tomorrow, I'll keep you all posted as to how it goes!

    Original Poster

    Quick update....
    I rang my local station this morning and spoke to a policeman who completely sympathised with my situation, him being the father of three lads. He seems to think that maybe someone has called the police and they would have to come around to check it out, but the call could have been made days earlier when maybe older kids were hanging around.
    He confirmed that there was no specific law concerning "tree climbing" and that the reason they took the boys names was for their reference only.
    Anyway he is going to contact the local Community Support Officers and get them to give me a call regarding the matter and to confirm whether a complaint had been made.
    He was really helpful and has gone a little way to restore my faith in the Police!
    He said they were inundated with calls regarding children playing during the summer holidays.
    Seems to me people forget that they were once young!

    As long as they are not damaging the tree then they should be fine. At the park across from me some lads built a tree house in a tree but it was removed as they were damaging the tree etc.

    camew;2649043

    Quick update....I rang my local station this morning and spoke to a … Quick update....I rang my local station this morning and spoke to a policeman who completely sympathised with my situation, him being the father of three lads. He seems to think that maybe someone has called the police and they would have to come around to check it out, but the call could have been made days earlier when maybe older kids were hanging around.He confirmed that there was no specific law concerning "tree climbing" and that the reason they took the boys names was for their reference only.Anyway he is going to contact the local Community Support Officers and get them to give me a call regarding the matter and to confirm whether a complaint had been made.He was really helpful and has gone a little way to restore my faith in the Police!He said they were inundated with calls regarding children playing during the summer holidays.Seems to me people forget that they were once young!



    Can you give us an update? what has happened now?

    camew;2649043

    He said they were inundated with calls regarding children playing during … He said they were inundated with calls regarding children playing during the summer holidays.



    Quote of the week :w00t:

    He said they were inundated with calls regarding children playing during … He said they were inundated with calls regarding children playing during the summer holidays


    Yes, quote of the week and a sad reflection on society.

    Original Poster

    blackpeppa;2652206

    Can you give us an update? what has happened now?



    Still waiting to hear from the police........................................

    you might want to ask the police station why your child was not issued with a stop form in accordance with S1 PACE.
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