Tree Bugger

“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patters that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.” 
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road


Treehugger sent us these shots of the same scene, before (2010) and after (2012) the removal of a tree from his road. The tree had to go - it was suffering from Gandoderma bracket fungus - but the photos beautifully illustrate the transformative effect trees have on our streets. Treehugger says there are is no indication yet from the Council when the tree will be replaced. 

16 comments:

Pan said...

Over the past few years we have lost 5 of these blossoming trees all from one end of my road from this fungus and none of them have been replaced despite repeated calls to the council. The whole feel of the road has really altered.

Tim said...

I don't understand. Second scene looks fine. Very nice and tidy.
As an aside, is anyone else annoyed at untrimmed hedges and trees getting in the way of pedestrians. Sometimes it's so bad I have to walk in the road. Must be a nightmare for people with buggies.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, it looks "fine", and obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the first photo is beautiful, the second plain.

Anonymous said...

Is it Tyrwhitt road if I can ask ?
Thanks

tyrwhitt ali said...

If there are trees on the pavement, you can report them via Love Lewisham to get them cut back.

If they are ones on private land that are over hanging, then I suggest you try the Highways agency. They'll send enforcement notices to the owner of the tree. It's not necessarily a quick fix though as you still have to apply for the relevant planning permission.....

Can you tell my trees are the bane of my life....

kolp said...

Business opportunity right there for an enterprising soul.
Local hedge trimming services at a keen price.

tyrwhitt ali said...

Oh there definitely is. It's all made so much more complicated by the need for planning permission for just a quick trim.

kolp said...

A business strangled at birth by Green tape!

Anonymous said...

Yes a profound change. The car is much cleaner.

Sally said...

@Anon 11:47 - Looks like Breakspears Road to me, near the St Andrews Church end.

Tressilliana said...

You don't need approval for hedge trimming, surely? There are preservation orders on trees in the Conservation Area but not on hedges and smaller shrubs, I thought.

Anonymous said...

In a large city you need as many trees as possible firstly for environmental reasons and secondly as there is evidence that trees can help with mental well-being. 'Very nice and tidy' is the enemy of biodiversity and the natural world.

Tim said...

Well there is a tree and several hedges in my nice and tidy photo.

And it is not good for my mental well being to be constantly avoiding overgrown hedges and trees and clearing blossom off my car, especially when it rains and gets soggy.

PS. Can live with the blossom

Tamsin said...

Hedge trimming does not require planning permission. Thinning or cutting down a tree does in the conservation area if the trunk is over a certain diameter (all trees of a certain size are subject to an automatic TPO).

Does not apply to the council and trees on the pavement which can be cut down with impunity even if - at the end of the day - it turns out there is nothing wrong with it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tim about overgrown hedges and it's especially bad where the council have painted lines to allow cars to park partway on the pavement. What can be done? I know of one particularly bad example where the road sign has disappeared into an overgrown hedge.

Lee Curtis said...

I agree, people do not relise how much they miss the tree, the space they take up enriches our lives and there is definitely a void when they are gone.

If you want to get trees back in your streets speak to the council about donations or possibly even better contact www.treesforcities.org they have a donation program and plant all over London for various Boroughs.

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