Cox's Walk footbridge oaks to be cut down [Felling halted]

Southwark Council is going to cut down two mature, healthy oak trees, both well over 100 years old, to make its repairs to the footbridge easier. We have been asking for a public consultation, but although nearly 2,000 people have signed the petition to save the trees Southwark has made all its decisions behind closed doors. This is especially unfair for the many Forest Hill residents who use the woods, who have been deprived of a voice.

Felling notices have now been placed on the trees and they could be cut down at anytime from Saturday 2nd November. Please email any objections to the Southwark Council Deputy Leader, Rebecca Lury as she is leading on this. Thank you.


Good news: felling has been halted


Twitter from Helen Hayes (LP candidate for Dulwich & West Norwood) today:
‘Pleased to say that following further discussion and representations from me, @CatherineRose6 & @AndySimmons10
Southwark Council has agreed to halt the decision to fell two oak trees in Sydenham Hill Woods so that further options can be explored & community engagement take place.’

Now we have to hope that an alternative solution can be found! We’ll be crowdfunding for a new engineer’s report and design that puts retention of the trees as a priority.