Brockley Special Branch: A Quantum of Solace

Larry: So, okay. So. So if that's that, then we can do this, right? Is that right? Isn't that right? And that's Schrodinger's paradox, right? Is the cat dead or is the cat not dead? Okay?
- A Serious Man

A year ago, a street tree appeared in the pavement on our walk to Brockley Station. It was exactly where a dot had been placed on a map during a Brockley Ward Assembly consultation about where trees ought to be planted. A few days later it disappeared and the hole in which it had once stood was filled up with tarmac. It was a quantum tree that flickered in and out of existence.

We subsequently discovered that the tree had been stolen and that a group from the Brockley Society was working with the Council's John Thompson to identify such gaps and replace the missing trees. Last week, a new tree was planted in the same spot: stronger, more lovely and hopefully less-nickable than before.

Thanks to the Council and to BrocSoc for fighting these little battles that make a big difference to the quality of daily life in the area.

BrocSoc is looking for local residents who want to volunteer to look after the trees in their formative years - watering them and reporting any damage or theft.

If there's a newly planted tree near your front door and you are interested in helping with this project, please get in touch with us here and we'll connect you.

21 comments:

Vanishing Point said...

There are many more trees than this vanishing from the rain forests.

Anonymous said...

Quantum trees and trees that never appeared. Is it because suddenly we have an observer that trees only appear in the other slit?

What happened to the trees on Brockley Road near the shops?

Westsider said...

If a tree falls on the west side, would it make a sound?

Lou Baker said...

You have to be a monumental cretin to nick a tree.

It saddens me that there are so many good for nothing schmucks around.

!!!!!! said...

"Schmuck or shmuck in American English is a pejorative meaning an obnoxious, contemptible or detestable person, or one who is stupid or foolish"

Erm.... *cough*

Tom said...

People steal trees?

Wendy said...

Lovely to hear of this work. Thank you Broc Soc

Anonymous said...

I have it on good authority that the tree was stolen by a Green Party separatist group known as the 'Militant Mungs'...

Apparently they've also got Shergar, who I'm told made an excellent compost.

pun my word said...

This is tree-mendous news, I am so pleased that Nick twigged it. We can now branch out into arboriculture and If we leaf the tree alone we can bark on about it, after getting to the root of the theft.

BrockleyBiker said...

Shmuck is not American English it is Yiddish.

!!!!!! said...

Wikepeadia said so, it must be true. anyway I stand by the dog whistle purpose of my post.

Lou Baker said...

@!!!!!!!

You make me laugh. Oh, no, wait. My mistake.

Your tacit support for criminals, the anti-social, thieves and low lives is not funny. It's really rather sad.

I continually stand up for decent, hard-working, law-abiding folk. And I get continual abuse from the pinkos who side with the corrupt, immoral, criminal under-class. So sad.

Headhunter said...

Has the new tree got the little cage round it to stop the local chavs from snapping it off at the base for a larf?

Brockley Nick said...

Yes

TJ said...

The key to the trees survival is water and care. We had three planted on Tressillian a couple of years back. Two with cages at the top of the street, one without at the bottom. The one without has done better, because the local residents kept an eye on it, watered it through the summer, and re-staked it whenever kids ripped the stake off. The caged ones didnt receive the care or watering, had the cages ripped off and not replaced for a while, and so are not as strong and healthy.

Brockley Nick said...

Agreed TJ - BrocSoc is looking for people like you to nurse a local tree. Please can people get in touch via the link in the article if they want to be involved.

!!!!! said...

Lou, finding you an objectionable, ignorant, foolish person devoid of any new or interesting ideas is not tacit approval or acceptance of antisocial behaviour.

I'm sorry you cannot grasp that very simple idea.

Re-read your puce faced rants and see if you can see why people may have that view of you. It does take an ability to see yourself as others do. A skill that most people have developed before they have left their teens.

Anonymous said...

What about replacing the tree that was knocked down/went missing from outside Ladywell Station? It would be nice to have something put back there too.

Anonymous said...

We had a tree knocked over outside number 24 manor avenue last year that has not been replaced. Any idea how to get the council to put a new one in?

Shame said...

Contact Broc Soc who can put you in touch with thier tree person who has the details of the council tree officers - think they can even work with you for a replacement.

Alternatively contact a councillor.

Freight Broker Earning said...

They might stole the first tree you plant, but they can never stop you to plant it over again..to make them see that you're serious of what you are fighting for and what they're doing are not stopping you to fight for your right.:)

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