The Parliament of Trees

BXAG have provided some more detail - perhaps more detail than you dreamed possible - about the tree planting that has taken place along Brockley Road over the last couple of weeks:

Last year the Council widened the pavements outside the shops as part of a road safety project funded by TfL, but had no funds for any pavement enhancements. So BXAG teamed up with Transition Town Brockley, who submitted a successful bid to the Brockley Assembly for £4600 to cover the cost of new tree pits & trees along Brockley Road.

Following a series of meetings with Council officers we agreed a scheme to plant six trees, three on each of the pavement extensions. We would have liked to plant trees elsewhere on Brockley Road but there are underground services in most locations making the excavation of the tree pits impossible. In a change from the usual single tree in a pit approach three trees are planted in a rectangular tree pits at 2 metre spacings. This will make a much greater impact and will create more of an “urban forest” effect.

The bigger pits, with over 800mm depth of new topsoil, will provide more room for root growth and rainfall catchment so should give the trees a better chance of survival. These pits can also be colonised by the community at a later date, for example by planting spring flowering bulbs. The tree species we have chosen is a lovely native tree Whitebeam (Sorbus aria), which has greyish green foliage, white flowers in early summer and red berries (much loved by birds) in autumn. They have an attractive shape and won’t grow too big, so there should be no worries about shade. They will be planted as large standard specimens up to 4 metres tall and will be protected against damage with ornamental tree guards.

We hope the Whitebeam tree will in time become Brockley’s main signature tree, planted around Brockley Cross and along Coulgate Street. This will help strengthen Brockley Cross’s identity. The council have assured us the trees will be watered regularly as part of a contract. Watering may be something the community could also get involved in, to ensure our trees survive the inevitable droughts that will come our way.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

excellent

Anonymous said...

An extra plant outside the indian restaurant would have been nice, and give continuity to the forest.

Mb said...

So tens out the miserablists whining about incompetent contractors etc were wrong? Who'd have thunk it?

Never seen a tree I disliked.

Anonymous said...

Great! The trees look really good.

It's a shame that when they widened the pavement they also took away a litter bin that never seemed to be replaced (used to be next to the post box I seem to remember).

Anonymous said...

"The council have assured us the trees will be watered regularly as part of a contract. Watering may be something the community could also get involved in, to ensure our trees survive the inevitable droughts that will come our way."

this seems a bit peculiar - is it that the 'community' becomes involved owing to the contractor defaulting in some way on their contract? Surely a robust contract from the Council to a contractor would take a drought, for example, into account, or is the BS simply assuming that the contractor will fail at some point anyway?

Or is it a symptom of the Council and their inability to police a contractor after they have been given, and paid for, a job to be done?

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps the tree organisers would like to back up the contract with some community involvement? My mum used to tend the patch outside her gate, she just enjoyed it. Now cheer up!

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone enjoy doing anything that might indirectly benefit the greater community?

Shame said...

Tree that was replaced outside my gaff also had a watering contract in place. Didn't happen once. Think Bxag are being pragmatic.

Anonymous said...

All that parade needs now is a some decent shops and a restaurant.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6/4/2012 14:25:
Be a better place if there were more like your mum still around - rather than people who just whinge that the Council should do everything for them.

We sweep the path outside our house and shovel up the snow from the pavement when it falls. Lots of Brockleyites, for all their whining, don't seem to care a toss beyond what affects their own miserable lives.

Given the budget cuts, I think the Council it would be quite reasonable say: "We've planted the trees you wanted - you water them. If they die because you don't care, then that shows what you really think about your area and so don't expect any more".

Anonymous said...

"All that parade needs now is a some decent shops and a restaurant."

What's wrong with Costcutter and Top Chef - too honest for you?

Anonymous said...

I'm planning some micro-guerrilla gardening soon; I have spotted a small loose patch of earth that deserves some seeds.

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