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Recommended foundation depths in shrinkable clays In The Structural Engineer for 15 March, two correspondents challenged the feasibility of a proposal made by Mr G. A. H. Trollope (18 January) that the BRE-recommended requirements for foundation depths should be changed to allow for possible long-term efsects of trees introduced within the presumed life of the building concerned. Mr R. E. Hedges of Greatstone, Romney Marsh, comes to the support of what Mr Trollope advocated: It would seem to me that neither Mr Driscoll nor Mr Tari lives in this world, nor to have dealt with a good many people whose most valuable asset has become damaged by tree roots affecting the foundations of their home. Verulam