Cherry falls

Cherry trees are the best. They look great all year round and serve up spectacular blossom displays while most other trees in the area are still thickets of naked sticks. So we share Zosia's sadness that the cherry tree at Ladywell station has fallen.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a shame.The wood is very good for some budding artist to use.

Kirsch said...

Strange how its snapped off from there, but looks a healthy tree.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the victim of a hit and run driver to me.

Anonymous said...

I know from personal experience that because of their broad root structure they can be a major cause of subsidence - that may be the case here - could be vandalism of course...

Cherry Blosom Girl said...

If it had been deliberatly chopped down by NR/TfL it wouldn't have benn done in one lump and left lyting across the front of the station. Looks like it's been snapped off. Dodgy driving, disease or over vigerous use by the BDS I suspect.

Katy said...

Was a big black horse spotted at the scene?

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Lou Baker said...

It probably fell over with shock when South Eastern ran a train on time .....

Jams said...

If the rest of the station's demise is anything to go by (graffiti left on walls, seats and vending machines, unfinished paintwork, ticket office closing at random peak hours on weekdays) Southeastern will, I expect, leave it just lying there for a few months.

bumbags said...

I'd have to agree that this looks like someone has rammed into it with a car. What a shame. Maybe they could fess-up and donate another one to be planted...?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Ivy Road gang getting there own back.

Anonymous said...

weird. You can see the split in the wood and see how the tree has come down, but I don't think it's been hit by a car - the bark doesn't appear to be broken on the face of the trunk where it would have made an impact. weird.

Anonymous said...

if a van reversed into it this could have happened- the bark that we can see would have been under the bit that got hit. It's snapped backwards- it looks really healthy, too.

Zosia said...

It used to be my favourite station, having choice of Catford, Lewisham and Ladywell, but since we had 2 bikes stolen from their racks (not mentioning parts like wheels and saddles) I think I'll have to reconsider. Does anyone know where is safe to leave a bike?? I'm growing sick and tired with replacing then, as my wallet grows thinner :-(

Monkeyboy said...

This is like "CIS Brockley" We need some CGI graphics to recreate the crime. You've got 24hrs or I'll have your badge!

D said...

CIS Brockley? Are you saying it's an insurance job? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately parking bikes at Stations is not very safe, as the theives know the person has probably gone to work.

Headhunter said...

Zosia - Get 2 DECENT D locks, 1 round the frame, front wheel and bike stand, the other round the frame, rear wheel and bike stand. Put all your cheap cable or combination locks in the bin, they are about as secure as a thread of spiders web.

Change all allen key bolts (like those that tighten the seat and seat post) for key system bolts which require a special key to undo them.

This is how I secure my bikes and have never had a bike nicked in 5 years riding around London...

Anonymous said...

Good advice HH.

Mb said...

CSI, CIS.... damn you three letter acronyms.

Anonymous said...

Don't it make you SIC?

Anonymous said...

Up norf I've seen stations that have lockers for bicycles.

Anonymous said...

That's up north. Down here you'd get someone complaining about what sort of metal they're made out of.

Headhunter said...

...Oh and if you're buying 2 new D locks, buy 2 of different brands - say Kryptonite and Abus or something, some thieves are good at breaking specific brands of lock but not others, so using 2 different brands can help muck things up for them....

"On Your Bike" at London Bridge station has secure bike lockers/bike parking

THNick said...

Moaning anons - they have bike lockers at East Dulwich too. Problem being there isn't anything like enought to meet supply.

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone should open a shop where bikes can be deposited for the day...mmm the old Nightwatch place?

Anonymous said...

Legend has it was George Washington.

Anonymous said...

What next "Small earthquake causes no deaths injuries or damage."? "Dog bites man"? "Wind Blowing Softly"?

Anonymous said...

All D locks are useless against experienced professional thieves. (Try googling this if you don't believe me) Fortunately there are not so many of these around here. They are everywhere in Whitechapel.

Headhunter said...

Yep, nothing will stop the most determined thief, they use anything from car jacks to liquid nitrogen to break D locks, but IME if you use 2 D locks, there will be another bike nearby locked with some cheap as chips cable combination lock which can be cut swiftly with a pair of scissors and given the choice, the thief will go for the easy target (unless your bike is worth some ridiculous amount of money). Generally people in London have no clue how to lock a bike properly....

Anonymous said...

Or a Dremel with grinding wheel attached.

Zosia said...

Thanks for all the advice HH and others, but after bike no 1 got nicked I started using solid dlocks and replace all the quick release spindles. I'm now on the look out for the battered old junk that couldn't possibly take anyone's fancy (anyone clearing out their garage this weekend?) As the result I will probably grow bitter and mouth obscenities at anyone with a decent pair of wheels... pah

Little Brockley said...

Tough on you Zosia, but try to keep the faith

Headhunter said...

Zosia - May be it was also something to do with where you locked the bike, sometimes councils genuinely seem to design crime in! I noticed a while back that Lewisham Council has sited some bike racks, nicely tucked away out of sight under one of the railway arches near Lewisham station... They must be a thief's dream, they are literally invisible to all the people hurrying past, catching buses etc and a thief could spend a good 30 mins hacking at a D lock without being seen.

Same with Sainsbury's New Cross, they have located their bike racks way down at 1 end of the front of the store, away from all people, near the deliveries entrance. In the summer it's not too bad because people wait outside nearby for taxis, but in the winter, when it's dark, bikes are perfectly tucked away for the thief to spend a while choosing a bike and then hack at the lock.

Not that your average Joe/Jane Public would necessarily challenge a thief, but they tend not to like to be observed hacing through someone's bike lock...

Andy Endwell said...

How sad it is that this tree has been vandalized, people seem to have no shame! I have a lovely mature cherry tree in my front garden sadly, because it gives a magnificent crop every year, people walking past pull the branches off and this year have demolished part of my front wall by standing on it to reach the lower branches. On Saturday I found a woman standing in my front garden encouraging her son to climb it!!! I asked her for her address in order to call round and vandalise her front garden.

Anonymous said...

How do we get the council to buy a new tree..?

Headhunter said...

It may not be the council's responsibility to replace the tree as it's probably on Network Rail land (or whoever owns and manages the station).

If you want a tree replaced, you have to hassle your local councillor who can in turn hassle the relevant parties at the council. I campaigned for ages to get a tree replaced on Manor Ave, the council had chopped it down and tarmacked the spot. Thanks to good work by the local councillor (forgotten who it was now - one of the Greens, before they all got replaced by Labour) eventually the council put the tree back, but it took constant emails and chasing before the council caved....

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