Monday 21 May 2018 8.50pm
It's sad they're going, but I think with good reason. Though it's infuriating the council have left it for weeks after concluding there was a problem - my garden beneath is now vulnerable right at it's prime growth period when there was little that would have been damaged back in March.
I've been in discussion with the council for a while. The trees are vulnerable. I had one felled three years ago after observing rot caused by years of council neglect - ivy growing high into The Crown
and deep into the trunks - another came down in the wind this winter. I replanted a Cornus 'Wisley Queen' in its place that is happy and we have Maples in giant tubs. Now the rest of the old trees must go.
New trees will be planted in the winter in consultation with myself and residents of the Hayles Buildings.
The positive upshot of this change is, if the garden can escape being flattened, then it will benefit from more sun and more rain, as it's been a formidable challenge to get this space looking good under the tree cover, and with just three of us regularly attending to it (Nelle, Daniel and myself).