Imprisoned trees - what next?


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Hello,

I wanted to get your advice about some trees we have on our estate.

When the estate had a refurbishment a number of new trees were planted within fancy metal-strip cylindrical tubes.
At the time it was a good idea as it protected the young tree from vandalism and looked visually appealing.

Fifteen years later and the young trees have grown substantially and are being imprisoned/choked by their metal-strip tubes;
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Now there are trees which have;
Sprouted multiple branches out through the gaps between the metal strips,
A trunk has fattened out around the metal strip and it is now part embedded in the tree,
Substantial growth in the lower half of the metal cylinder which is 'bursting open' the metal cylinder instead of swallowing up the metal strip.

I wanted to ask what is the best option for these trees?

Leave the metal, remove the metal or a case by case decision for a tree surgeon?

Yes our Housing Association is useless as this situation should not have been allowed to escalate to this point and clearly neglect on their part.

Thanks.
 
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