Author: Cyril Richert
I have attended the last meeting organized by Wandsworth Living Streets (I must disclose that I am also one of their members). Patrick Langley (Arboricultural Manager, Wandsworth Council) gave a talk about trees in Wandsworth. Here are some facts:
- 15,000 trees in Wandsworth streets (28,000 in Croydon and 33,000 in Lambeth)
+ 20,000 Housing
+ 15,000 Parks (exclude Clapham Common, managed by Lambeth)
- 2 year programme inspection
- 4 inspectors
- Cost is £400,000 for 1 year for 50% of the borough trees (therefore a full inspection is £800k over 2 years).
Interesting comment made during the meeting, as the discussion went on the Peabody project: contrary to our feedback from the public exhibition, it seems clear that “the trees are not a priority for the developers“, which put in perspective the elements presented by Peabody to explain their concern on landscape and environment!