Please join us and plant avenue trees next to the main path at Mountsfield Park between the George Lane and Brownhill Road entrances – All welcome!
The additional community tree planting events will be 11am – 1pm approx, Sunday 8th and 15th April 2018.
Please wear boots, gloves and bring a strong spade if you have one.
Glendale have suppled us with a variety of rootballed heavy standard deciduous trees. The trees will grow to a large size and are suitable for growing in London clay and with an exposed aspect. Many of the avenue tree planting species that we have chosen are better suited to endure areas of heavily compacted soil that we have at Mountsfield Park.
You will find us during the community tree planting events along the main path between the George Lane and Brownhill Road entrances. The main path is the red line on the map of Mountsfield Park above. The green symbols represent tree planting locations.
These photos show just some of the many trees at Mountsfield Park and other Lewisham parks that are dead or dying mainly due to strimmer and mower damage by Lewisham Council and their parks and open spaces contractor. Severe soil compaction due to vehicular traffic and drought are also factors contributing to the demise of many of the trees in Lewisham’s parks and open spaces.
Lewisham Council encourages external funding sought by volunteers for new and replacement tree planting eg from London tree and woodland awards, to make London greener, biodiverse, healthier, cleaner, more welcoming and more resilient. The future of existing and newly planted trees in Lewisham’s Parks and open spaces is uncertain if Lewisham Council continues to insist on short neatly cut grass up to the base of each parkland tree. At Hilly Fields park, Lewisham Council has recently experimented with mower and strimmer prohibition near to trees, which has effectively reduced further tree damage there. This approach should be applied by Lewisham’s green space officers and parks staff across the borough to protect trees, unless the Council is willing to invest in a more controlled, better resourced and skilled maintenance of our parks and open spaces.
References: 1. Arboriculture Research Note 1992. Issued by the Arboricultural Advisory & Information Service. Blight to trees caused by vegetation control machinery. D Patch, A Denyer. 2. Arboricultural Journal 2018 vol 40. Effects of strimmer damage to young ash trees. Sally A Shuck and Duncan Slater. 3. Tree Wounds – Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi 2018. Nicole Ward Gauthier, William E. Fountain, Traci Missun. University of Kentucky.
The FixMyStreet reports are sent to Lewisham Council and then Glendale deal with the litter, fly-tipping, broken playground equipment, dog mess etc. Please continue to use the FixMyStreet phone app to keep Mountsfield Park in good condition.
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