Emergency Demo For One Tree Hill:
12pm Saturday 11th March
Meet 12pm Camberwell New Cemetery Gates
Brenchley Gardens SE23 3RD
or at THE GLADE
There will be an emergency demo on One Tree Hill tomorrow, meeting at 12pm at Camberwell New Cemetery Gates - called by the Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries - Save Southwark Woods.
This morning, Southwark Council started felling trees on One Tree Hill for burial plots. We counted 13 treew above 75MM diameter. Up to 60 trees will be cut down to make way for only 121 graves.
And the beautiful historic hillside will be scarred for generations.
Next, Southwark will be restarting devastaion on Underhill Road, Area Z, in the Old Cemetery.
Area D1 woodland is yards from the ancient woodland of One Tree Hill Nature Reserve, with bat roosts and a rare hedgehog colony.
SOUTHWARK SAY THEY ARE NOT CUTTING TREES (today):
Southwark is denying any trees have yet been felled as they are required to carry out bird and bat roost assessments before beginning.
The contractor Quadron started the felling on Area D1 Camberwell New Cemetery on One Tree Hill, cutting down what they claimed were 'saplings' but at least 13 of which are trees over 75mm diameter, which require permission from the Church of England for felling (see photos).
Southwark Council has always maintained that a tree is only 150mm diameter or more (measured at 1.5m from the ground). Yet the Council required Church of England permission to fell anything over 75mm diameter.
Church of England Consistory Court Diocesan Chancellor Philip Petchey gave permission to fell 26 trees on One Tree Hill - but did Southwark Council tell the Chancellor only the number of trees over 150mm diameter to be cut down? Did Chancellor Petchey ask?
This morning, campaigners have recorded 13 trees over 75mm diameter have been felled.
But on twitter, Southwark Council has again claimed bat roost and bird nest assessments will take place before any trees are felled:
Southwark Council @lb_southwark 35m35 minutes ago
@SouthwarkWoods The trees will be checked for both nesting birds and bat roosts (by a bat specialist) prior to felling.
When is a tree not a tree? When it's in Southwark and the Council wants to cut it down.
Definitions of a tree:
Southwark Council: planning application only gave numbers for trees of 150mm diameter or more to be felled (planning application claimed only 26 trees on One Tree Hill to be felled)
Church of England Faculty Application Rules: tree felling permission is required for all trees of 75mm or more
i-Tree tree valuation assessment method: Measures all vegetation of 35mm or more
Southwark Council tree planting: 10mm if you're lucky - with high die-off percentage rate after planting, such as along Underhill Road, Camberwell Old Cemetery mature tree 'replacement' planting.
The High Court: Judge Justice Cranston in 2009 - "For clarity the judge ruled that size did not matter, and that the smallest sapling was, legally speaking, a tree."
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Above: Southwark Council begins tree felling on One Tree Hill in Camberwell New Cemetery - without bat roost or bird nest assessment promised and required in planning consent. This area D1 is only yards from One Tree Hill ancient woodland Nature Reserve with bat roosts and hedgehog colony.
Church of England Consistory Court Diocesan Chancellor Philip Petchey gave permission for felling - but did Southwark Council only tell him the number of trees over 150mm diameter to be cut down? Did he ask?