Save Chestnut Avenue are fighting to #StoptheChop on Tooting Common
Wandsworth Council recently carried out some “emergency” work on eight trees on Chestnut Avenue, as part of their plan to cut down and replace all of the trees later in the year. Four trees at the southern end of the avenue were pollarded (the removal of the upper branches of the tree and all foliage, leaving bare trunks), following recommendations by the council’s external tree expert.
Although it was done at the wrong time of year and the actual work is more than another tree expert would recommend, it's not terrible. We expect these four trees may need to be felled and replaced eventually, as they are in poor condition. The remaining four trees only needed minor work, removing some branches and foliage. This has been done sensitively, and shows the council care about the trees.
This is good news for our campaign, as it supports our view that the bulk of the veteran trees on the avenue only need a relatively small amount of pruning to keep them healthy and safe. Our view is supported by our independent tree expert, and the council’s own external tree expert, neither of whom recommend the felling of the avenue.
This would mean we could keep most of the veteran trees, so they can give pleasure to us and provide a valuable environmental benefit for years to come. We will ask the council to interplant new young trees as the veteran trees are pollarded and then removed over the next few years, to ensure we have a tree-lined avenue for future generations. The avenue won't be symmetrical and it won't be a Victorian landscape feature, but it will be something wonderful for the future, bursting with wildlife and retaining the links to the past.
Here’s how you can help:
Sign and share the petition you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-trees-on-chestnut-avenue
Volunteer ideas and offers of help to: [email protected]
Keep up to date with the campaign on social media: facebook.com/SaveChestnutAvenue Twitter.com/@SaveChestnutAve
Join us on Chestnut Avenue every Saturday morning, as we will be handing out leaflets and talking to local people.
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