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Tree felling in Sydenham Hill Wood
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Theotherbrian


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Post: #1
05-08-2019 10:23 AM

There is a proposal by Southwark Council to fell two mature oak trees in Sydenham Hill Wood. They are on the western (Dulwich) side of the Cox's Walk footbridge. The reason given is that major repairs can be carried out to the bridge's abutments and the bridge itself. Although there is no doubt that these repairs are necessary, the question arises as to why the trees need to be cut down. It would seem that the bridge was rebuilt in the 1980s when the trees were already mature, so it is doubtful that they are the cause of the damage to the structure. Extensive root ingress by ivy seems more likely to be the cause. Removing the trees could cause heave to destabilise the cutting slope as water which would have been take up by the trees, remains in the soil. Furthermore, the main reason for removing the trees would seem to be allow easier access for Southwark Highways Department, an issue which did not seem to prevent the rebuilding works in the eighties. Oaks are vital to the woodland ecosystem, especially mature oaks like these. Surely a more ecologically sound way could be devised of making the repairs, without felling two important trees like these?

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Prickly Hedge


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Joined: Aug 2019
Post: #2
06-08-2019 10:32 AM

Mad Southwark Council have already given themselves permission to cut down these trees, after a sneaky 'public consultation' over Christmas last year. Please sign the petition to get Tree Preservation Orders on the trees until or unless the Council can show robust structural reasons why they need to be felled. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/s...-oak-trees

Thank You



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152047


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Joined: Jan 2011
Post: #3
06-08-2019 09:40 PM

Despite Lewisham constantly saying cuts have left them chronically short of cash they seem to be remarkably free and easy with the chain saw.

I have often noticed tree work being done for no apparent reason like the felling of one of the two Indian Bean trees in Boveney Road.

Are the Council ever subjected to an independent audit of why they commission and the volume of tree work?

It is something that local councillors should be challenging them on but sadly I can't see that happening in our little one party state.

Brexit may be painful but at least you get a debate.

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Theotherbrian


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Joined: Mar 2005
Post: #4
07-08-2019 07:50 PM

I agree wholeheartedly with the last post. It was criminal to see the loss of one of the trees in question. Lewisham seems intend on de-Foresting the Hill! I noted with envy when Southwark planted hundreds of street trees while Lewisham was slapping tarmac in the holes where its street trees had been removed. However, this time it is Southwark who are the villains. As the trees earmarked to be felled are very close to SE23 border, it would be great if as many of us as possible could sign the petition - see link above.

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