Save the Footbridge Oaks Campaign

by pennieh in London, England, United Kingdom

Save the Footbridge Oaks Campaign
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On 28th July 2020 we successfully raised £2,665 with 73 supporters in 28 days

We are campaigning to save two mature, healthy oaks by providing an alternative solution that retains the trees and repairs the bridge.

by pennieh in London, England, United Kingdom

Please email support for TPO 605 Cox's Walk and Sydenham Hill Wood

Dear Friends,

There has been no word from Highways since the planning permission was refused last month.  We think it is quite likely that they will object to the provisional Tree Protection Order (TPO) on Cox's Walk and Sydenham Hill Wood and submit another application to get the oak trees removed.  It would therefore be really useful if you could email [email protected] to express your support for TPO 605.  Comments and objections have to be received by 5pm on Tuesday 16th February 2021.

If confirmed, the TPO would give greater ongoing protection to this treasured piece of ancient woodland by ensuring that work to any tree has to be given permission, and a greater weight of evidence that there was no alternative would be needed for it to be approved.  In the current case of the bridge repairs, it would also protect the other trees that were going to be lost in the working area as well as the two oaks.  The value of the trees for their amenity and eco system services would also be taken into consideration when looking at overall costs and compensation, which has not been the case so far. 

We welcome this enlighted move by Southwark Planning in its recognition of the importance of this area of ancient woodland to biodiversity, carbon storage and capture and other eco system services.  It also reflects the huge increase in public understanding of the importance of trees to our ecology and wellbeing over recent years, and the need to give them the highest priority for protection in any developments or other works.  The TPO brings the Council's approach to Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox's Walk into line with the latest National Planning Policy Framework, London Plan and Southwark Plan.  We look forward to it being confirmed in due course.

Many thanks,

Pennie


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