Shed footings next to tree!!??

22 Jan 2009
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Hi all, I am starting to build my workshop at the top of the garden and there is a big sycamore tree 1 metre from where I plan to build it. It is a 4.8 x 3.6 metre wooden structure usind 4x2" walls and 8x2" floor. This is going to rest on 5 walls 3 courses high built on footings about a foot deep.

I am just a bit concerened about the close proximity to the tree andd the effect any roots could have on the footings.

Is it going to be Ok to build here? If I have to cut away any roots will this weaken the tree? And, is it not going to matter as much being a wooden structure (as opposed to a brick structure)?

Many thanks.
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A sycamore tree is well down the BRE list of dangerous trees so I wouldn't worry too much, especially with a timber structure.
Just make sure you give it plenty of water to keep it happy.
If it's a big tree like you say you can expect the ground to move about over time- especially when you consider the sort of weather variations we've had in recent years. 1 metre is very close indeed. Don't be surprised if your footings crack.
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Yeah, I think even if there is some kind of movement to the footings or cracking it shouldn't effect the the timber much. I might just put in some steel mesh to reinforce the footings though. Should be safe then.


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