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Beautiful trees on Neckinger

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Tuesday 14 June 2011 9.40pm
A bunch of road cones and some signs went up today about tree works on two glorious plane trees outside what is now a noisy nuisance works site on Neckinger. No clue what these tree works are as it's not mentioned in the Tree Maintenance Schedule from Southwark. No reply from a call to the council.

We're worried since they cut down all those beautiful trees at the junction of Abbey Street and Jamaica Road with no warning, are they cutting these down too for the greater good of whoever is going to make squillions out of redeveloping the old council flats on the south of Neckinger?
Thursday 16 June 2011 11.08am
They will probably just be pollarding them. If you check with Emst Erasmus at the Southwark Tree Dept he would be able to confirm
Thursday 16 June 2011 1.11pm

You're right - just a short back and sides for the one I ran past last night!
Thursday 16 June 2011 1.17pm
It looks a bit drastic and permanent when its first done, but it soon recovers.
Sunday 19 June 2011 9.32am
JayBee wrote:
It looks a bit drastic and permanent when its first done, but it soon recovers.

yes keeps them healthy
Monday 20 June 2011 4.26pm
Was informed by the Council that the trees were to have a crown reduction.

Looked this up and it's a sort of reasonably light prune. However, as has been pointed out here, the trees were pollarded. This is a drastic and damaging outdated pruning method and contrary to the British Standards and the apparent instructions to the contractor.
It should also absolutely not be done any time while the tree is in active growth. Not for the tree or the habitat generally.

It absolutely does NOT "keep them healthy" but causes a great deal of damage and can lead to rot setting in and the death of the tree.

Feel free to look it up.
Monday 20 June 2011 4.59pm
The coucil cut branches off the single tree in our common garden and 2 years down the line, it is now dead. It used to have beutiful pink flowers in April. Such a pity, they butchered it for nor reason (well the only one I can think of is to give some light to neighbours who opened windows in their walls).
Monday 20 June 2011 5.01pm
Does seem an inapproriate time to do it. As I understand these things, early spring (after danger of frost is over) or late summer would be better. Perhaps query this with the council, particularly if there's evidence that the contractor has contradicted instructions?

Too late to stick the trees back together though.

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