Trees make a vital contribution to our local environment. The Committee’s role is to monitor and protect local trees and to promote interest in their preservation and planting. Our popular illustrated tree map of the local area ‘Remarkable Trees’ was originally sent free to members and remains on sale locally.
We actively identify and promote sites for the new planting of trees in Dulwich Park, Belair Park, the Horniman Triangle and other locations. We support the local Council’s attempts to introduce additional street trees and, most recently we organised the additional planting of whips of the endangered native ‘Black Poplar’ in Long Meadow - an area where we also finally persuaded the Council to stop mowing all the grass and let the buttercups flower.
The Committee meets at least three times a year and regular contributions are made to the Society’s Journal with articles, and photos about local trees of interest. Talks and visits are arranged during the year, both locally with a guide/lecturer, and to further afield by coach, for example: to Sheffield Park and Winkworth Arboretum.
Work to any tree on the Dulwich Estate requires the approval of the Scheme of Management and Committee members often accompany the Estate’s tree consultant when he reviews requests by residents for felling and lopping. Subsidence remains a serious problem in the area because of the clay soil, and we actively monitor and query the justification for insurance company requests for tree removal. We also help to identify trees for referral for Tree Preservation Orders and respond to enquires for assistance in identifying appropriate specialist advice.
We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful place and the Chair would be delighted to hear from members who would like to become more involved with the Committee’s works.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 May 2012 10:30