Bristol sinkhole: The strange hole which swallowed a tree on Christmas Day – Bristol Live

A Bristol resident has spoken about the “strange” phenomenon which saw the earth open up and swallow a tree on Christmas Day.

A sinkhole opened up in residential street Canynge Square in Clifton at about 10.30pm yesterday (December 25).

The tree was located in the garden green in the centre of the square above a now collapsed vault.

Bristol City Council closed the road off today, with help from Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire & Rescue Service, while the large hole was being assessed.

We are bringing you updates on the Clifton sinkhole here.

Dominic Hogg, 55, who has lived on the street for 10 years, said: “Residents on the Square heard it. It was quite a big noise.”

Police were called and cordoned off the scene with tape.

“It was quite strange. The tree is just gone. Straight down. Vertically down,” said Mr Hogg. “I suppose fortunately as far we can see, nothing was damaged and no people were hurt. It’s just sad that the tree, a lovely tree, is obviously gone.

“I guess the people looking at it now will be looking at how it has happened. It’s a pretty mature tree and it was resting on top of a couple of sort of arched vaults and it looks as though they have just given way.”

The 55-year-old, who works as an environmental consultant and is part of the neighbourhood garden committee, lives about 30 metres away from the sinkhole.

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Mr Hogg said: “It is an amazing sight, it is a crater! It’s a pretty large hole in the ground that just opened up there.”

“It’s quite fortunate that this tree did just literally drop vertically so that all you see above ground is the crown of the tree. The sheer weight and the fact is has been so wet recently, the roots will be going into that hole,” he added.

Bristol City Council released an update on Twitter following the inspection of the hole.

The tree before the sinkhole opened

The update said: “Structural engineers have assessed the collapsed vault at Canynge Square, Clifton. We are confident there is no risk to property or residents. Cars have been moved as a precaution. Tree surgeons will do work on trees as a precaution ahead of bad weather.

“The area has been fenced off. We will monitor the situation daily and further work will be carried out after the Christmas holiday.”

Today there is a a triple weather warning for wind and rain in Bristol, with Met Office forecasters expecting rain to fall at 10pm.