Ancient Oak trees in Sydenham Hill Woods

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th December 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

A constituent has contacted me raising concerns about Southwark Council’s proposals to fell two ancient Oak trees in Sydenham Hill Woods. They ask if you will write to Southwark Council asking them to remove the felling notices against the two trees with immediate effect and engage in a proper period of consultation and dialogue with the local community about the right approach?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My draft new London Plan requires local plans to protect ‘veteran’ trees and ancient woodland.

However, decisions about the management of individual trees in the public realm and green spaces are taken by local authorities and land managers, and I am not able to intervene in local decisions.

In this case, I understand that following a petition and discussions between residents, local politicians and Southwark Council, the decision to fell the two trees in question has been halted so that further community engagement can be carried out and other options explored. I welcome this development.