Tree down

Lynn: Who’s upset you this time?
Alan: Just, people. I just hate the general public.
- I'm Alan Partridge


A newly-planted tree in Brockley Cross has been snapped in two. We must not let sub-human scum put us off tree-planting. More trees, not fewer.

UPDATE: As you can see from the comments section, there has been a spate of these attacks across the area. The Evil Dead had the right idea.

With thanks to Monkeyboy for the photo.

35 comments:

Wicks said...

why would someone hurt a tree? :-(

lucy said...

I spotted this outside Jerk Gardens in Crofton Park yesterday morning. It's at least two foot tall with no discernible cracks. Is there a flora-hating giant wandering SE4? http://instagram.com/p/cB9n5Cok5S/

Michael said...

=(

Durr said...

They are/were both ash trees and would soon die of ash dieback disease anyway. Ridiculous of Lewisham council to plant ash trees, when 90% of all ash trees are forecast to get it.

Joe Sheeran said...

Someone's done the same on Wickham Road.

Joe Sheeran said...

Someone's done it on Wickham Road too.

Mickeymouse said...

Someone is probably smoking it.

Philip Likos-Corbett said...

So what you're saying is that this is most likely the work of some Ash tree Euthanasiast?! http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz3qlv7c761qzaczw.jpg

James said...

They need a metal frame to protect them for maybe the first five years. Other places do it. You can't guarantee people's behaviour but the council should protect them properly.

Tressy Jim said...

This is going to cause upset at the dinner tables of Geoffrey Road, mark my words.

Tim said...

I must agree with James that with no protection, that tree was gonna get it at some point. It's a real shame. I guess it's beyond reason to hope that Lewisham Council could have pre empted the situation.
So, protection required like metal cages.
Or, some alternative to a tree that beautifies the street.

anon said...

Why didn't they have cages like other trees planted? Someone mentioned this when they were first planted - everyone knew it would happen unfortunately

Ian on the Hill said...

Can't help but feel the cages should be around the perpetrators rather than the trees

Headhunter said...

I don't understand why Lewish BC planted all these trees without protective cages. When we were all requesting more trees a few years back, the excuse given was that they would not plant them without the cages and that they were waiting for deliveries or something. This was about the time they planted the trees by the sorting office. now they've broken their own rules and lo and behold, local scum has snapped the trees off....

treebee said...

we have 2 small oak trees, if someone want to guerilla plant where the snapped one is

Brockley Jack said...

Who are these tree snapping morons?

BrockleyRog said...

Can I suggest stocks for the perpetrator(s) next to the new saplings. When the trees are strong enough we will release them.

brockley man said...

And u cant plant them because...?

Aricana said...

There is a Brockley Society open meeting tomorrow - Wednesday 24 July at 8pm in the Brockley Social Club - which will focus on street trees in Brockley.

mef said...

What exactly do you want of an area? Would you rather it was plagued by sub-human arboreal destroyers, rather than (in your mind) smug Guardianistas sitting in houses they have dared to make nice and to try and make an area a little more peaceful.


Please do tell.

Headhunter said...

I made a comment here yesterday which appeared but now seems to have disappeared... Anyhoo I was basically saying that a few years ago (07? 08?) when we were campaigning for a few more street trees, particurly along Brockley Rd by the sorting office, we were told that by the council that they would not plant any trees until they had received delivery of the cages to protect them... Now they seem to be disregarding their own policy on this...

Eamonn said...

No, they are/were both rowan trees. They had been watered a few days before at our request.

The tree destroyed in Wickham Rd was vandalised last Friday evening and was reported to us that weekend. It was one of the 10 part-resident funded trees planted in the conservation area (and beyond) this spring. There has been a spate of vandalism aimed at these street trees in recent days. We need local residents to keep their eyes and ears open and report vandalism to the local police. Lewisham Council will now fit cages retrospectively. The trees that have been destroyed will be replanted in the autumn - they were insured.

For tree related info in the conservation area see brockleystreettrees.blogspot.co.uk

If you would like to get involved or know more about the work of the Brockley Society Tree Wardens drop us a line as per the Contact details on the website. There is an open meeting at the Brockley Social Club tomorrow evening (24th July start 8pm) where our public space trees will be the focus of the meeting.

Thanks

Eamonn
Brockley Society Tree Warden

Radioisgood said...

I'm not sure why this kind of mindless destruction wouldn't cause upset to the residents of Tressilian Rd too Tressy Jim.

Max said...

Find these scum castrate nd string em all up. If this be 2011 london riots all over again the evil doers need to be stopped early.

treehugger said...

There are plenty of trees destroyed in Brockley that are not as a result of vandalism like this, but because people want more light in their flat or fear it is undermining their foundations and increasing insurance costs. Trees on private space have far less protection.

Brockley Nick said...

My neighbour hates the new tree planted outside her house. Not because of a loss of light or worries about foundations. Just because she "hates trees". She says they clog up the pavement...

Wicks said...

Hating trees is at best irrational, but potentially a psychopathic trait.

anon said...

One's gone in Tyrwhitt, too.

Ruth _ said...

Irrational maybe.... But psychopathic is a bit harsh .... In the trade one might consider projections....!!
Anyway that said as long as the tree is safe she's free to hate as much as she likes .... Shame.

brockley man said...

I doubt it. The residents of Geoffrey cant be bothered about the trees. The other tree is dying due to lack of water! Why doesn't any one in the road water it!

Just Hazel said...

I'd love to plant them somewhere. Not at this spot though.

Mezzer said...

This makes the editorial in the week's Time Out, specifically the Brockley Central reaction!

Mezzer said...

Above should read: this week's Time Out.

Gets on with it said...

Could be all sorts of reasons - but mainly because legally they're not able to. But then that wouldn't interest you, because from what I've seen of your various responses you always leave things for other people to do - you never have any helpful solutions or get off your own behind to do anything!

brockley man said...

What's going on with the 2 dead trees on Brockley Cross?
Really looks so untidy those 2 tree pits.

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