The ripple effect

It's been an interesting and exciting month or two. Word is getting out about the success of our work in getting more street trees planted in and around Brockley, and we are now in touch with the originators of two new significant projects in neighbouring parts of the borough, namely Catford and Hither Green.This is really ...

Deforestation – local & global

Just as we announce the planting of three new jointly-funded street trees in Millmark Grove in this planting round (see last post), sadly we have to report the loss of two existing mature street trees in the same road, one lost to disease, the other a casualty of the high winds in the last few ...

Hilly Fields tree losses

The vicious storm (named St. Jude) that swept across southern England last night reached south London early this morning. Inevitably, there were tree losses across Brockley, including some very sad casualties in Hilly Fields.They are nearly all on the rise coming up from Adelaide Avenue and at the crown of the park near the children's ...

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 ...

Pinnacle PSG

On 6th November this year we posted the story of a Brockley resident who returned home from work to find the apple tree that had adorned her front garden felled to the ground (see here). The matter was taken up by Darren Johnson, our Green Party Brockley ward councillor who asked the company contracted by Lewisham ...

Chainsaw Massacre – The Prequel

In May 2007 The London Assembly Environment Committee published their report 'Chainsaw Massacre - A Review of London's Street Trees'. Our own Green Party Councillor for Brockley Ward Darren Johnson was Chair of this committee.  To see the report in PDF format go hereAt the point of publication this was clearly a comprehensive assessment of ...

And a happy birthday to you too!

Whilst the main focus of this blog is the care and preservation of our street trees, and more generally trees in public spaces, we are also happy to publicise the difficulties and dilemmas people are having that are related to trees on private land.This story came our way last week. It is hard to understand ...

Chainsaw massacre

A couple of weeks back the sound of chainsaws could be heard for a number of hours down our end of Breakspears Road. Turns out five lime trees were being felled in a local front garden - FIVE. I went to talk to the tree surgeons and was told that they were healthy trees being ...

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 ...