We will use the extra money for legal aid to fight a national campaign to stop the felling of mature trees for insurance reasons. We have a barrister from Lawyers for Nature who is supporting our campaign, but cannot do it on a voluntary basis for long!
We are a group of residents concerned about insurance companies forcing the felling of mature trees in Lewisham. In the last 5 years 110 trees have been taken down for insurance reasons related to subsidence claims. The current concerns are a 90 year old Plane, and two 80 year old Oaks. Lewisham Council are refusing to share documents relating to the claims - including the reports that apparently show that the trees are responsible for the issues. We do not have independent opinion about whether the trees are solely at fault or not - the council seem to be just repeating what the insurance companies tell them.
The council cannot fight the powerful and rich insurance companies who want to save money for claims by just cutting down the tree rather than properly protecting properties against subsidence eg by underpinning. Also, we know that properties may be at further risk of subsidence following felling of the tree - so not only do we lose the tree, we also don't properly protect the home. We know of at least 5 other cases is happening currently across the country - we are losing our mature trees so that insurance companies can save money!
Please donate to help fund our barrister to build a legal case which could lead to a campaign to stop this ecocide - thank you so much!