“Stop killing our trees”
Residents fight to save “mature healthy” trees from council’s axe
Residents of Kelmscott Gardens are up in arms at the council’s decision to cut down what they believe to be mature healthy trees which they claim the council plans to continue doing in other parts of the borough
In response to calls from local council Eugene White to explain this matter, Gavin Simmons, Principal Arboricultural Officer Environment Services Department replied “I understand this is work is part of a landscaping scheme being undertaken by Groundwork West London on behalf of Housing. I have been asked for advice and also attended site meetings with Groundwork, Housing and representatives of both tenants and residents of Ashchurch Grove. I have no objections to the works agreed; removal of a diseased Laburnum. The removal of two small self-sown Sycamores next to the wall and removal of self-sown Elder bushes. None of these trees would be suitable candidates for Preservation Orders even if they were growing on private property.”
However, the situation is far from being resolved in the eyes of residents who are now seeking tree preservation orders. One resident stated “When I spoke to the tree officer earlier today (Monday 15th January) he confirmed his understanding was that the 2 large (they are 60ft high!!!) Sycamores were being left alone. This was also no mention of any work to these trees in the letter from Groundworks dated 14th December. First mention of chopping down these trees was by letter received at the end of last week. We were given no chance to respond and work started at 9.00am this morning.”
The dispute continues.
January 15, 2007