6 October 2016
Wandsworth Greens joined Friends of Tooting Common and Save Chestnut Avenue campaigners at the Town Hall on Monday 3rd October to protest against the Council’s decision to fell all the trees along Chestnut Avenue on Tooting Common. The decision comes after a flawed consultation with local residents and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for planting new trees which Enable, the company contracted out to manage the common, seem to be using as an excuse to cut down and replant rather than manage the existing horse chestnut trees of the avenue. Some of the trees are suffering from bleeding canker, a common disease, which can be controlled. Three expert surveys commissioned by the council all recommend careful care of affected trees and the removal of only the very worst cases where the tree may present a danger of falling. The council plan to ignore this advice and cut down the lot of them will mean this beautiful canopied avenue will be lost for generations to come while the new trees grow. Please sign the petition and watch this space for news of further developments as we campaign to save Chestnut Avenue.
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