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To: Wandsworth Borough Council

Save the trees on Chestnut Avenue

Save the trees on Chestnut Avenue

We do not want Wandsworth to cut down these trees.

Instead, we want Wandsworth to maintain Chestnut Avenue in its current state, and only cut down and replace trees that die or become a danger to the public.

Why is this important?

Wandsworth Borough Council are proposing to cut down all 77 trees that line Chestnut Avenue on Tooting Bec Common. Many of these trees have been there for 150 years.

Chestnut Avenue is a well-loved local landmark, enjoyed by all parts of the community. It is a key part of the biodiversity of the commons, it provides habitat for wildlife, it gives shade on sunny days, and it absorbs air pollution and noise.

The avenue has been seen as being in decline, with some of the trees diseased, and Wandsworth has been offered a grant to replace the Avenue and this grant will mean they can avoid the cost of maintaining the Avenue from Council funds. However we believe this fundamental change to our Common is too important to be decided by the offer of a grant.

If the avenue is cut down, it will take many decades for the replacement saplings to grow big enough to provide a similar environment.

Chestnut Avenue, Tooting Bec Common, London

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Reasons for signing

  • Mature trees help reduce pollution I have some children's books running a similar campaign in Sheffield. I you cab get them into primary schools I can donate them
  • No need to cut down all the trees, just the diseased ones
  • Because the trees are too beautiful to loose


2017-10-04 21:21:45 +0100

We’re sorry to say that the battle to save Chestnut Avenue has finally been lost.

Wandsworth Council started cutting down Chestnut Avenue on Tuesday 26th September. All the mature trees have now been cut down, and replaced by young lime trees. The new avenue should grow to maturity in 40-50 years’ time.

Over 6,500 people signed our petition to save the trees on the avenue, we’ve spoken to many people out on the commons and on social media, and there has been overwhelming local opposition to the chop.

We will continue our efforts to protect the commons.

If you’d like to join us, you can find us here:




Thank you all for your support.

The Friends of Tooting Common

Article here on the chop:

2017-04-30 11:10:13 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-10-06 10:56:18 +0100

The Save Chestnut Avenue Action Group are taking forward consideration of possible further action on Chestnut Avenue.

Please contact the Action Group on email address [email protected] if you would like to be involved in this.

They are on Twitter: and on Facebook:

The Friends of Tooting Common

2016-10-06 10:54:41 +0100

Many thanks for signing this petition. In just 3 weeks it has received over 3,800 signatures, which indicates the strength of concern locally about the trees on Chestnut Avenue.

However, Wandsworth's Council Executive meeting on Monday 3 October ratified the earlier decision by Councillors to go ahead with their plans for felling and replacement of nearly all the trees. We consider that this decision is very regrettable and disappointing. We continue to believe that individual, gradual replacement of the trees over time, as and if required, is the right approach. We brought a deputation to the earlier meeting which discussed the proposals, and we referred particularly to the large number of people who had signed this petition.

The petition will formally be presented at the full Wandsworth Council meeting on 12 October. The petition will though be kept open, and we hope that yet more people will sign it

The Friends of Tooting Common

2016-09-16 15:00:56 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-09-16 12:22:10 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-09-15 23:17:47 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-09-15 20:23:35 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-09-15 19:06:47 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-09-15 17:44:01 +0100

10 signatures reached