According to undated notices pinned to six trees along the east edge of Southfields Recreation Park this week, they are to be destroyed at some unspecified date in the future. Ealing Council Tree Officer Richard Clews advises "September or October". A photograph of the notice and the full text of the notice is included below.
The explanation given is no explanation. It refers to "arboricultural best practice" without further detail. It refers to a tree strategy that does not appear to be available from Ealing Council's website.
We have not been consulted, have you?
If you object to this destruction, if you believe you have the right to be consulted, please sign this petition to Mr. Clews and our Southfield Ward councillors, Mr. Busuttil, Mr. Malcolm, and Mr. Steed.
We may only have a matter of days.
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From Ealing Leisure Services
London Borough of Ealing
Perceval House P3/SW
14-16 Uxbridge Road
Tel. Direct 020 8825 6611
Fax. 020 8825 6336
Dear Resident / Park User
RE: Removal of Park Tree
Ealing’s street trees form an integral part of the borough’s urban tree stock and the Council does not remove trees without careful consideration. Under certain circumstances trees may be removed: to abate an actionable nuisance; to mitigate risk of building subsidence; where the outcome will be advantageous to the tree stock in accordance with good arboricultural practice; or to maintain health and safety. (Ealing Tree Strategy 2013-18 Policy ETP03)
Ealing Council has a programme of regular tree inspection and pruning to ensure that all its trees are cared for in a professional manner with public safety as the highest priority. This tree has been inspected recently and:
In accordance with good arboricultural practice this tree will be removed.
After tree removal, the tree stump will be removed as a separate operation. As this part of the site has good tree cover, replacement trees will not be planted in this area.