17 May 2013
At the AGM, of the 60 people attending, 34 voted in favour of replacing the oak tree with a magnolia or similar type of tree. Only 5 voted against. The committee will discuss how to take this forward in order to put up a request to the council. Cllr Julian Grainger suggested setting up a working group to prepare some options for wider consultation. Another suggestion was to encourage people to fill in a questionnaire at the Harris HospisCare Fete on 8 June. (Complete minutes of the AGM are posted on the website here.)
23 April 2013
UPDATE: The oak tree has now been cut down, leaving a stump. The cutters told an enquiring neighbour that the stump would be taken out
and a new tree planted. The question is whether the best solution is to plant another. It could be difficult since the ground will be full of old roots. To leave the land clear would make it easier to maintain and could eventually lead to a decent piece of grass there. The old tree was a source of autumn leaves and bird droppings so a nuisance to the society.
A decorative tree, such as a mountain ash, would be a source of berry mess. Any tree planted, unless a sizeable one and planted in the autumn, would be prone to vandalism and death through lack of water! However perhaps a birch or similar would be suitable if it is council policy to replace.
What do other residents think? Any other bright suggestions?
14 January 2013
The trees outside the centre have been inspected and the tree specialist at Bromley Council reports as follows:
"2 officers have carried out inspections on the large Horse Chestnut within the last 3 months and have concluded that no works are required at this stage. We will however continue to monitor the tree on an annual basis along with all of our Horse Chestnut street
"With reference to the Oak tree I can fully understand why the Society has highlighted its concerns. I have conducted a Resistograph test to the base of the tree which appears sound from the results at present. However, the fruiting bodies on the main stem proved too high up for me to test, therefore I have ordered a climbing inspection to test the infected area. In addition I have ordered that the tree be thinned in order to reduce some minor weight in the crown in lieu of the results. It may be that we do need to remove the tree in the near future."
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