Plane tree pruning on Ardbeg Road 19th March 2020

A small team of volunteers from Herne Hill Tree Watch, a local group working to help street trees flourish in the neighbourhood, will be coming to Ardbeg Road SE24 on the morning of Thursday March 19th to prune back unwanted growths on the London plane trees. 

Most of the planes on the street have long, thick suckers coming up from the roots and epicormic shoots near the base of the trunk (a tangle of branches coming out from large burrs).

These can interfere with pedestrians and with drivers trying to park their cars and can also affect the health of the tree.

Looking out for our street trees

Do you live on the Southwark side of Herne Hill? Are you interested in trees?

A small group of residents has recently started organising an informal network of volunteers - often known as Tree Wardens - to keep an eye on their street trees, help care for them, report maintenance issues, look out for dead or dying trees and identify places where new trees are needed.

The council and its contractors do the initial planting and maintenance and any tree surgery, of course, but there are hundreds of street trees here and problems can quickly build up.

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