We recently received advice from a tree expert we had commissioned that one of the trees on St Mary's Green had to be removed. We had commissioned this review in the light of earlier advice that it was showing signs of ill health and should be periodically checked. The latest opinion has been reported to the Lambeth Tree Officer under a Five Day Notice and since being informed of the tree's condition we have been seeking quotes for the work.
As the tree overhangs part of the public footpath surrounding the Green, we have asked the Council to erect safety barriers pending the works. We do not have any date for the works as yet.
Whether this specimen will be replaced, and by what species, is a matter for further consideration at a later stage. We don't like losing trees or having to severely reduce them. We act on professional advice and give priority to the safety of people and property.
We have just received confirmation that the works will be undertaken tomorrow, 8 July, starting arount 8.45am. There will be some unavoidable noise because of the equipment used. We hope this will not be too intrusive and are sorry for any inconvenience neighbours may experience.