Hounslow Green Party

Greens call for trees to be replaced

2 April 2012

Hounslow Council have admitted, in a Freedom of Information request by Hounslow Green party, that they have no budget to replace any street trees removed in 2012. In 2011 429 street trees were removed by the Council.

Daniel Goldsmith, the Green Party candidate for the South West London in the London Assembly, said “Earlier this year workmen sent by Hounslow Council arrived in Oxford Gardens in Chiswick without any notice and removed a beautiful cherry tree. We are aware of other similar incidents. We understand that sometimes trees must be removed but now we find that because of budget cuts there are no funds to replace them. The Mayor of London’s scheme Tree Planting scheme, which provided funds in the past, is also ending.”

He continued “Local residents have told me how they enjoyed the tree’s blossom in spring, the falling leaves in autumn and birds building their nests and feeding their young in the tree; and now the tree has gone and won’t be replaced. People were once proud of the beautiful tree lined streets in Hounslow. I call upon the elected members of the council to reverse these cuts.”

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