Burgess Park and Priority Park scheme (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-03-23
Session date: 
March 23, 2011
Reference: 
2011/0765
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Were you aware of Southwark Council's plans to cut down 450 trees in Burgess Park, 283 more than was quoted in the planning application?

Answer

Answer for Burgess Park and Priority Park scheme (1)

Answer for Burgess Park and Priority Park scheme (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

GLA officers were aware that the preliminary works for the transformation of Burgess Park necessitated the removal of 167 specimen trees and areas of scrub and immature trees, comprising c. 250 individual plants.

A total of 331 larger specimen trees will be planted to replace the 167 specimen trees that were removed. In addition new areas of scrub and wet woodland will also be planted. Not only will this increase the total area of tree canopy cover in the park and create a greater diversity of wildlife habitat but will improve significantly the amenity value of the park in the long term.

Southwark Council has advised me that the proposals have the backing of a broad cross section of the local community including: the Friends of Burgess Park, the Evolution Quarter, the Creation Trust, the Camberwell Society, Burgess Sports, the London Wildlife Trust, and Growing Southwark.