davey_clayton - Member
"It's thieving", "it's dangerous", "think of the animals". That's why this country is going to the dogs. It's a dead tree - use some initiative. If it's not someone's private property take it home for carbon neutral home heating. The council aren't going to do anything with it apart from maybe mulch it, and otherwise a felled or fallen tree lying on the ground isn't going to do much for biodiversity. If you're worried about health and safety use a bow saw.
I wish life was that simple...
As above, council (and maybe a landowner) WILL have issues of H&S- especially dangerous if they are rotten/fallen.
There are many logs / wood left deliberately for conservation and habitat purposes - and you 'eco' 'carbon-neutral' (bollocks) heating would ruin this.
Many logs are left stored while owner can find a buyer - and this can take a time. I know of whole trees round Sheffield that have been bought and paid for, sat there all this year, waiting until the business that bought them can afford one huge load of wood on an artic and the portable sawmill for the day to plank it all up.
Small windfall in forests / brash seems fair game for kindling - anything else is theft, unless you have the owners permission - and they may more than willingly give it.