Railway tree-felling petition

Following this recent article about residents' anger at the tree-felling that has taken-place along one of Brockley's railway lines, campaigners have launched a petition to save Brockley's "green corridor".

Oli explains:

"We're lobbying Joan Ruddock MP, the council and Network Rail. We'll be collecting signatures for a petition in person in a couple of weekends time, but I've also created an online version.
We've found out that Lewisham Council class the railway line along the back of St Aspash/Aspinall as a 'Green Corridor', we're really going to go for it!

"To those who wonder what the point of a petition is, given that the damage is done now, the aim is to publicise the wider issue to unnecessary tree-felling in future and to get some replanting done."

15 comments:

Brockley Jon said...

They've been doing it along the New Cross > St. Johns line too, so it's not exclusively to do with the ELL extension. Quite sad. Still, I suspect the answer from the top will be "rather a few trees cut down than one landing on a train".

patrick1971 said...

ISTR that when the railways were first privatised back in 1996, the French-owned Connex caused a huge uproar when they started cutting down all the trees next to railway lines. Apparently in France it's unheard of to have trees next to railway track, which is why they don't get the leaves-on-the-line dramas that we do. The reaction from Connex bosses was along the "ooh la la, zeese mad Eeenglish". :-)

patrick1971 said...

Apologies, "along the lines of 'ooh la la, zeese mad Eenglish.'"

fiona said...

Hello,
This is great news. I am going to contact network rail too about the litter and fly tipping this has exposed on the embankment. A point to note is that the trees that they have felled are predominantly sycamore trees which aren't native and many consider a weed. I am for creating a native green corridor with a nectar bar for bees too. Fiona Honor Oak park Action Group. http://honoroak.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

WHAT DO WE WANT?

A sustainable source of organic, fair trade and ethically grown mung beans!

WHEN DO WE WANT IT?

Following a period of consultation involving a diverse section of the community!

Anonymous said...

I too was once a bit like you. It's easy to be hurl dismissive anti-lefty/eco/arty/Guardianista jibes from the sidelines. You're living here for a reason. Accept and enjoy. Denial and repression takes more energy. A bit like all that 'you use more muscles to frown than to smile' stuff.

/Brainwash over

The Cat Man said...

mmm, muscles...

psyche9 said...

Really good news about the petition. Like the green corridor idea, though I don't think all the trees felled along the lines I use were sycamore, in fact I am sure they were not.

Mung beans are just beansprouts.

Tressillian James said...

They cleared the line that runs through the conservation area (the one that runs over the bridge at Brockley Cross) about 5 years ago. However after clearing they replanted with saplings and native plants that would not cause a problem (supposedly) to the tracks. Although many of these did not survive, things are starting to look green again.

BTW - to 'derail' this slightly -has anyone else heard that this is the line used to cart nuclear waste from Kent through the capital every night? WOuld that explain why it is hardly used except for freight?

fabhat said...

TJ - Yes the nuclear waste transporting has been going on for years. Lewisham YCND/Greenpeace used to do "die in" protests in the Lewisham centre about it. We would explain the horrible things that would happen if one of the cannisters leaked/exploded and then en masse lie on the ground, as if we were dead, where we would then get kicked by old ladies complaining about the youth of today...
I think that CND head office still has maps of where all the nuclear waste transports go if you want to find out more.

Headhunter said...

I agree re Sycamore trees. They do tend to shoot up anywhere given half a chance, at the expense of native species and apart from providing homes for Grey Squirrels (also non-native), they are basically green concrete.

There are loads of Sycamore shrubs in our garden and in Wickham Mews, they just sprout up all over and out grow native trees and plants, sucking all available nutrients out of the ground to prevent anything else developing.

If Network Rail replants with native trees, then they have my full support for doing this.

I saw a very strange looking train travelling along the main line from central London through Brockley a little while ago. It was a very short freight train of sorts with a strange cargo section at the back. My immediate thoughts were that it was a nuclear waste train....

Oli F said...

Re: sycamore question..

One of the main trees cut down behind my place was a cherry, so it wasn't all sycamore.

However, there's a sycamore in next door's garden, so Network Rail have opened the door to seedlings from that taking root...

psyche9 said...

A wide variety of trees: beech, prunus, holly, holm oak, elder, plane, chestnut and. yes. sycamore grow along the embankments and have been removed.

PhilRow said...

They are about to trash all the trees in a Conservation Area in Heaton Chapel in Stockport as well - just to save money on future maintenance costs. These massive cuttings are 169 years old and they're full of bats and five badger setts [both protected] but NR don't give a toss.

Anonymous said...

NIMCA - Not In My Conservation Area!

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