Tree planters celebrate second birthday

The Brockley Street Trees project has celebrated the start of spring and the end of its second year by planting its 36th tree. The group is funded by donations from local residents and has planted new trees in streets across the conservation area:

The team explains:

With the dwindling funds available for Lewisham Council to replace and plant new street trees, local residents have been coming on board in ever greater numbers to purchase/part-fund new trees for their streets. This year, we have also been greatly helped by an extremely generous donor who has come forward.

All told, we are just completing the planting of 36 new street trees in and around the conservation area. This is an amazing achievement, and we are hopeful that we can continue this level of planting in the coming year. What is also evident is that the model is spreading out to other parts of the borough, including St Johns, Ladywell and Crofton Park.

12 comments:

Guest said...

For those of us who live in the none conservation area, who do we contact to convince Lewisham Council to plant a handful trees on our roads? I understand that us plebs live in a none glamorous part of Brockley, but it would still be nice to have some greenery in our streets.

Moira said...

A group of us residents on Fossil Road applied to the Ladywell Assembly and we received funding for 4 trees.

Broccola said...

What's wrong with West Brockley? Bad soil? :)

TreeLoversUnite said...

Hello. Please don't take an 'us' 'them' attitude. It is not our intention to be exclusive or divisive. We too would love to see more street trees planted all over the borough, but realistically that isn't going to happen in the current financial climate unless residents take the initiative. The project in the Brockley conservation area is steered by a handful of us who have, over time, made constructive connections with local residents and Green Scene in Lewisham Council. We really can't do more without turning this into a full-time job!


For the record, in the current planting season, 17 out of the 36 plantings which we have facilitated are actually outside the conservation area, specifically in the following streets - Arabin Road, Brockley Cross, Ermine Road, Malpas Road, Millmark Grove, Shardeloes Road, and Strickland Street. In the previous two planting seasons, the figure is 11 trees outside the conservation area, out of 16 total planted. So as you can see, we are doing our best to cast our net as widely as possible.

We are very happy to talk about how we are doing this with other interested residents. If you'd like to come along to the next 'tree enthusiasts' gathering at The Talbot pub (Tyrwhitt Road) on Sunday 22nd March, you can find out more. See here for details:

http://brockleystreettrees.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/calling-all-tree-wardens.html

Look forward to seeing you there!


BrocSoc Tree Committee

Woman of Brockley said...

Thank you for what you do. If other people are keen to see more trees in their area, they need to follow your example. Your post makes it abundantly clear that the new trees are not just in the Conservation Area.

Oweston said...

Our street in central Brockley (aka Crofton Park) has no mature trees. Council planted two a couple of years back but has allowed them to wither and die! The only greenery we have are weeds on the pavement.

Headhunter said...

This is great. I've noticed new trees near me on Ashby Rd and on Manor Ave - at the corner of Ashby and Manor where 1 blew down in the storms of Oct 2013... Would love to help with this and would definitely have come a long to the meeting at The Talbot but I'm away in Italy that weekend... Quick question - are you told what species of tree to plant by the council or is there some other method of selection? I've noticed Mountain Ash type trees and a Silver Birch... Can we have more blossoming trees? They look lovely in spring...

TreeLoversUnite said...

Hi Oweston,

Maybe the council did allow these trees to die, but maybe they lost more funding and couldn't follow through on all their commitments to street tree maintenance ... ? Who knows ...? Anyway, our scheme works, we think, because there are individuals who have elected to be responsible for their new trees - and who guarantee to look after and water them for 2 years after planting. They usually live very close by and see the tree daily ...

Do get in touch with us via our blog if you'd like to know more.

Best wishes

BrocSoc Tree Committee

TreeLoversUnite said...

Thanks HeadHunter. Sorry you can't join us on 22/3 but there will be another event in June (we aim to hold these meetings quarterly) - watch the blog for details (or you can now register your interest there).


Re: species. There is general guidance from Lewisham Council about this, particularly as recommended 'Best practice' is "Right Tree, right location" - so we won't be planting massive species on small pavements for example. We are also conscious of wanting to diversify the tree stock to mitigate the losses due to diseases and climate change effects (ie. trees dying from overly wet conditions or drought). Whilst many of us delight in the sight of the cherry blossom lining our streets in spring, planting single species means that these streets become denuded when the trees start to die off, either by age or species specific disease (like the Ganoderma fungus which attacks fruiting trees like flowering cherry and ornamental plum). We are planting flowering species where possible, particularly as many are very attractive to pollinating insects, like honeybees (we have a lot of beekeepers here in Brockley!).


Thanks for your interest, and hope to see you at one of our events later this year.


Best wishes


BrocSoc Tree Committee

Guest 2 said...

Does anyone know if the new looking hanging baskets on Tyrwhitt road are connected to the tree planting- who has funded them ? Will all roads get them or are they only on this one road? Also what is it that determines the style of new lampposts being installed - some roads in the conservation area have Victorian looking lampposts and others have more ordinary looking ones..?

Woman of Brockley said...

Lampposts - seems to be a lottery. The Victorian looking ones are far taller than real Victorian lampposts. I'd rather have had new lampposts designed to cast light only on the street and not up into the sky.

anonymouse said...

The hanging baskets as a result of lobbying and applying for Mayor's fund. It took a couple of years, once we'd got the money, the council decided there was a H&S issue etc as usual. More lobbying and they caved-in. Tyrwhitt Rd now has a residents' association.

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