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Replacement estate trees after the storm

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Thursday 27 February 2014 8.50pm
We've just been told there is no budget for replacing estate trees that were lost after the recent storms, we are an estate in Southwark. Has anyone else been told this? And anyone know what Lambeth's policy is or other boroughs?
Many thanks
Thursday 27 February 2014 9.53pm
Somebody found some budget to put up new trees opposite the Palestra building on Union Street last week.
Thursday 27 February 2014 11.17pm
Trees aren't that expensive when they are are young. Maybe look into sorting it out yourselves if it can be done without the council getting a bee in it's bonnet.
I have planted a few myself. The reason you need the council on board is watering and maintenance. If you can do it yourselves then problem solved.
Friday 28 February 2014 7.29am
Hi Hetty, how many trees is it? It's worth contacting BOST to see if they can assist. However, if it's just a couple Davies is right they aren't too expensive. I bet there are people locally who would come and assist with planting and expertise if you post a request for help.

We are also getting to the end of the financial year, ask if they will replace them out of next years budget. You would need to wait a while, but trees need planting at particular times so you might have been waiting anyway.
Friday 28 February 2014 8.47am
Hi Hetty,

The Draper Residents Association has been awarded a 'Cleaner Greener Safer' grant.

If you want to go that route, contact:

Michelle Normanly
Senior Project Manager

Southwark Council
Public Realm Projects - Environmental Improvement
Environment & Leisure 3/1
PO Box 64529
London SE1P 5LX

T: 020 7525 0862
M: 07949 779 746

Best wishes!
Friday 28 February 2014 11.02am
There are also a couple of community grant schemes run by the Mayor of London and Groundwork. Although not open at the moment apparently they will be inviting applications in Spring 2014 -

Or the Woodland Trust might be able to help

The Tree Council also has small grants

Good luck!
Friday 28 February 2014 12.50pm
Wow! All good suggestions. Many thanks. We already look after all the green areas on the estate and have planted lots of small trees and work with BOST and have received CGS funding.

In this instance though, we think we need council support due to the ongoing maintenance. It is just one tree, but it's in the central courtyard overlooked by all the flats - so it will need to be a big tree, one that as volunteers we can't take on longterm responsibility for. It also, as it's in such a prominent place, would be nice if it was relatively mature, which will potentially be heavy and require specialist planting.

There are lots of good names here though to look at.Thanks!

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