Cromwell Road is so badly polluted it dangerously exceeds EU and WHO air quality limits. Yet we all know trees are the 'urban lungs' which help reduce pollution.
The Evening Standard has just reported on the sale of a delightful public right of way in S. Kensington for £200,000.
This charming little lane runs between two rows of houses and is home to three fine specimens of ash, bay and rohinia trees.
They may not be the most perfect of specimens, of the sort found in Kew Gardens, but they give huge pleasure to residents, as well as cleaning up the air.
The Dame doesn't tend to name and shame a mid ranking officer, but she is very cross with this particular tree officer. He claims....
but goes on to say though not diseased the Council has no objection to the chainsaw being taken to them."The trees are protected due to their location in a designated Conservation area rather than by Tree Preservation Order which would give the Council the opportunity to refuse the works as you have requested."
No one mention of it being Council policy( and that of most responsible landowners) to replace trees chainsawed down.
Come on, Mr Burton....you are meant to be protecting and enhancing the treescape!
You should have strongly recommended replacement and additional planting.
We tell our children to value our environment and the importance of trees and then-so some car obsessed maniac can park his car-recommend these three precious trees be sacrificed.
Please read about it here and make your comments to the Council. TREE MURDER