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To: Wandsworth Borough Council
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.