Permission to fell the oaks refused!
On Tuesday 19th January, Southwark Planning Department decided not to allow Highways application for the oaks trees to be felled. Instead they issued a provisional group Tree Protection Order (TPO), covering Cox’s Walk and Sydenham Hill Wood.
This is tremendously important and hopeful news, showing that there are people working for the Borough who recognise the importance of saving trees and our green spaces wherever possible. It is also a tribute to the huge and continuing community support for keeping the footbridge oaks: 177 objections to the application and 6,692 signatures on our petition (now 6,699).
This is what we hoped for: Council and Community working together for our shared concerns in mitigating climate change, promoting biodiversity and protecting the green spaces that sustain us.