Category Archives: Streets In Bloom

Progress update – Springfield Road trees – February 2018

Many thanks once again to all those who donated to our campaign to preserve, protect and replace Springfield Road trees. It was a marvellous effort and no doubt those involved are wondering what happens now – so here is an update.

Since our crowdfunding campaign successfully closed we have been in close contact with the Council’s arboriculturalists who are checking which trees already need to be replaced, and assessing which trees are in danger. These sites once formally identified will therefore be preserved, we are assured, even if it takes a long while before actual replacement happens. The process will however be slow, as dead tree sites need in due course to be ‘ground out’ and we are told ordering trees happens at least a year in advance. For each site we will make the financial contribution from the funds raised as planned. It is possible we may see some replanting next spring, we are hoping for that, and certainly no later than the season after.

Looking longer term there has been much discussion about protecting our new trees when they arrive. All ideas are welcome, and Councillor Littman and residents are in discussion about how best to make sure saplings are not damaged by vehicles. All ideas are welcome.

When more is known, it will be posted as a further update on this site. Thank you once again to everyone who supported this.

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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.

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.

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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.