Category Archives: Streets In Bloom

Save Our Trees Success!

We have reached our target to protect and replace the trees in Springfield Road!

Some wonderfully generous pledges have been made today to get us over the line, in addition to those received throughout our campaign to save these trees.

All our lovely backers will now receive confirmation from Spacehive that their pledges will be collected in the next couple of days, and they will have the personal satisfaction of knowing they played  a real part in securing these beautiful assets for generations to come.

Huge thanks to everybody who has contributed, we can’t thank you enough.

Watch this space for progress reports, as we will shortly be able to return to the Council’s arboriculturalists to report our success, and to arrange and negotiate the practical steps now needed to finalise this project. Thanks again.

Advertisements

Save The Trees Update

Our intrepid fundraising team went door-to-door on Saturday and generated over £500 in pledges!

Here are some of their experiences –

“My abiding memory was of the tiny tot who came to the door with her father. She had a pile of conkers, and I said “You like conkers, don’t you?” And her reply was “Yes, but … they’re for the squirrels”. We explained that if we plant more trees the squirrels will like it, and that some of the old trees will have to come down because they are not well and might fall down. She replied “Yes, but … I saw a squirrel go up a tree and it didn’t fall down!” “

“Generally, the people who answered the door were all nice and supportive. No-one said “Gosh, that’s a lot of money for 6 trees” or anything like that!”

“I met a lady coming out of the house with a small dog, we chatted about the trees and I invited her to consider where her dog would wee if the trees were all gone. She said she would pledge.”

“I was taken aback today when my neighbour promptly pledged £150. He is a fellow teacher and his generosity, and those of others, when times are difficult for many was heart warming.”

Please can you help? Any amount you can afford would be very gratefully received. It’s only by community action that we can restore and preserve these precious assets for future generations.

We have now reached £1670, 79% of the target, with some very generous pledges but of course we need more, another £445. 

You can pledge here – https://www.spacehive.com/springfield-road-trees.

Very many thanks to those who have already made pledges.

Bridget, Edward, Jim and Nicola.

Save Our Trees Goes Live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know a conker tree can live over two hundred years? Can you help us? It will be a gift to our children into the 23rd century. For enquiries email southdownrise@gmail.com

We are a sub-group of Southdown Rise Residents Association formed to replace and preserve lost and damaged trees, initially in Springfield Road where the groundwork and liaison with the Council has already taken place. It is hoped that if this initiative is a success residents of other streets in our area will be able to follow this example.

Tree replacement in Springfield Road

A group of SRRA members is embarking on a pilot project to replace trees in Springfield Road that have been lost or are in danger due to disease.

The Council Arborealist has identified five trees as needing replacement.

If successful the initiative could be extended to other streets in the area.

We will be raising funds in the near future so watch this space, if you would like to help please reply with your email address and we will be in touch.

A tree for Station Approach

SRRA has secured permission to plant a tree next to the footbridge on the station approach off Springfield Road. The vision is either a Silver Birch or Mountain Ash to match the trees on the south side of the station.

Does anyone have a tree in their garden they could donate? Ideally it would need to be fairly well grown and mature, perhaps 4m in height, as a smaller specimen would be vulnerable to vandalism.

If we cannot find a donated tree we will need to buy one. To purchase one of a suitable size would cost anything from £100 to £300 so if you would like to make a contribution to the fund please email southdownrise@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance.