Dead and Dying Trees in Lewisham’s Parks and Open Spaces


These photos show just some of the many trees at Mountsfield Park and other Lewisham parks that are dead or dying due to strimmer and mower damage by Lewisham Council and their parks and open spaces contractors. The Lewisham Council parks managers instruct their landscape contractors to keep grass short right up to the base of each tree for a tidy appearance and because it is currently part of the Lewisham Glendale contract specification. Unfortunately the Lewisham parks and open spaces contractor does not have sufficient capacity or resources to achieve a short grass sward next to trees without harming them. The strimmer and mower damage can cause a tree to die quickly or slowly. External funding is sought by volunteers for replacement tree planting eg London Tree and Woodland Awards. The future of newly planted trees in Lewisham’s Parks and open spaces is uncertain if Lewisham Council…

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Mountsfield Park is the green heart of the community in Catford and Hither Green. It is used and loved by residents of all ages and backgrounds, and The Friends of Mountsfield Park was established to represent their wishes and needs. FOMP is committed to engaging with all sections of the community in order to celebrate and enjoy the Park, and membership is open to all. FOMP delivers events, manages the Community Garden project, and shares information and news. It also works with partners including Lewisham Council and Glendale to develop new facilities and opportunities. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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