Doris day

We seem to have been reasonably lucky not to have lost too many trees to storm Doris yesterday, but this large Sycamore did succumb. Adelaide Avenue was closed briefly but the tree was pretty quickly removed by the council's contractors. As you can see, the heart wood was rotten (see the dark brown staining in ...

Saw this dust …!

Anyone know what is happening here? Pictured this Wednesday near the corner of Harefield and Breakspears Roads, this maple tree (Acer saccharinum) appears to have been hollowed and then flushed out by the rain, possibly by some sort of borer. We welcome any suggestions as to what may have caused this and what it means for the ...

Archive: Brockley Society Newsletter article – April 2012

The following article originally appeared in the Brockley Society Newsletter in April 2012Are our trees in crisis?A debate is raging among the tree officers of the Brockley Society as to whether to define the present predicament of the conservation area's tree-stock as a crisis. But whether a "crisis" or a "chronic situation", there is agreement that something urgently must be done ...

Life Without Trees II

I spoke too soon. This unwelcome news on the BBC News today about a new threat to our native ash, which is the fourth most common broadleaf species in our native woodland:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20079657and here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20128643 [29.10.12]The thought that this might be the 'Dutch Elm Disease' of our era is very very worrying. It comes on the heels of another ...

Now you see it …

This is the post that prompted us to launch the Brockley Street Trees blog. A beautiful flowering cherry that had graced our street for many decades is removed in an hour and the stump tarmac'd over. http://brockleycentral.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/tree-bugger.htmlMore shocking were the (tiny minority) who commented that the street looked 'tidier' without it ... We were convinced that ...