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It’s great news – but…

The fight is not over yet - Woodland Trust

Breakthrough in fight to protect ancient woodland

It’s great news – the Government’s Housing White Paper has conceded that ancient woods and veteran trees need better protection. But the fight’s not over yet – we must keep pushing to ensure this becomes official policy. Our blog explains what needs to be done.

Read now

A new horizon for Tring

Thanks to amazing support, we have secured almost £430,000 towards our target to buy farmland to extend Tring Park. We are still fundraising for the shortfall – please help us put the final piece in place at Tring Park.

Find out more

Vote now or it will be Eurovision all over again!

After being crowned England’s Tree of the Year, the Sycamore Gap needs your votes to be in with a chance of winning the European Tree of the Year contest.

Vote now

When does winter end? How will we know?

It may seem as if it’s going on forever but winter will end – honest! Our blog explains what to look for.

Have you seen any signs?

Join the fight against tree disease

Plant our Targeting Tree Disease pack of trees to renew your landscape, please restore existing woodland and hedgerows and regenerate countryside that is threatened by disease.

£60 for 45 trees – part funded by Woodland Trust


Carshalton High Street Closure by All Saints’ Church on Sunday, 19th February 2017 between The Square and North Street

News just in regarding a road closure in less than a month’s time.
Dear Councillors…
Our Arborculturalist Team need to attend to the trees in the bank outside All Saints’ Church. (It is a safety issue, not aesthetics).
To do this the road will need to be closed.
This will take place on Sunday, 19th February, from 08:00 to 16:00 hours.
The High Street will be closed from The Square to North Street (road and footpath).
Parking will be suspended in Church Hill.
The diversion route will be via Ruskin Road, Carshalton Park Road and Beynon Road.
To maintain traffic flow, all parking will be suspended on both sides of the diversion route for its entire length.
I have already contacted The Scouts, Ruskin Methodist, and Canon The Rev. Dr. John Thewlis at All Saints, as this is bound to have an impact on them.
As ever, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Martin French
Streetworks and Network Manager
London Borough of Sutton and Royal Borough of Kingston
24, Denmark Road
Surrey SM5 2JG
020 8770 6426 (General Streetworks enquiries only)
07736 338346

News in from the Woodland Trust which may be of interest to Carshalton Central residents

Cllr. Hamish Pollock recently received this news bulletin from the Woodlands Trust which may be of interest to Carshalton Central residents and others!

The Woodlands Trust’s work with The Climate Coalition

Woodland Trust staff, volunteers and supporters joined The Climate Coalition’s Speak Up lobby at Westminster (Photo: M Larsen-Daw/WTML)

The Woodland Trust is a member of The Climate Coalition, a group of over a hundred organisations working together to call on government to commit to action on climate change. They are dedicated to limiting the impact of climate change on the people, places and life we love at home in the UK and around the world. It’s a positive movement to highlight just how much we all care about the challenges we and future generations face.

Climate change impacts woods and trees

The trees that line our streets and gardens. The hedges that adorn our countryside. The woods where we walk. They provide and purify our air, clean and encourage water storage, give our wildlife homes, lock up carbon and make our landscapes green and beautiful. Simply by being around them we feel happier and healthier. Ancient woodland invokes a sense of wonder whilst hosting centuries-old ecosystems that cannot exist anywhere else. But the biggest long term threat to these benefits, and the trees, woods and wildlife themselves, is that posed by climate change.

It can exacerbate the likelihood of pests and disease, result in loss of synchrony in the workings of ecosystems’ and species’ competitive advantages, it may cause habitat fragmentation and changes in species’ ranges and it will mean our natural world is less able to adapt in its battle for survival. Ancient woodland, as a habitat made up of unique delicate ecosystems, is particularly vulnerable. They are irreplaceable special places that can never be compensated for once they are gone.

The Trust is working to address climate change and its impacts. We aim to increase resilience of natural ecosystems within urban and rural areas to climate change. We promote the role of trees and woods in mitigating the impacts. We raise awareness of the issues and encourage personal action, such as planting trees. As an organisation we continue to reduce the Trust’s own impact on the environment.

Find out more about we are doing in our position statement on climate change

Latest news

In February, green hearts will be worn far and wide across the UK to ‘show the love’ for the special places and cherished memories that could be lost to climate change this Valentine’s Day. From football clubs to rock bands everyone is getting involved. Here at the Woodland Trust we know that some of our special places and most cherished memories involve the beauty and adventure provided by trees, woodland and their wildlife, so for them we will be showing the love.

Get involved

Heart, woods and trees

Don’t lose what you love climate change just because no one knew you cared. Show that you care about special places like ancient woods and wise old trees for The Climate Coalition’s Show The Love nationwide event.

Create a green heart to wear, share or show. Whether its crochet, card or a drawing we’d love to see your creations, share them on social media with #ShowTheLove and #TreeCharter. Get some inspiration and print-outs to use from the For the Love Of website.

Do you have a story or cherished memory of a tree? Could it be threatened by climate change? You can share your own story by writing it on a green heart and hanging it on a tree. Why not go one further? Tell us your story online by the end of February and help build a Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

News from Woodland Trust….

Dear recorder,

It’s looking like an interesting year for autumn fruit. Our early records so far indicate that fruiting is later than last year. In drier parts of the UK it could also be potentially more sparse compared to last year’s bumper crops. What has been your experience? Do let us know… and keep entering those all important records.

Recorders often tell me they’re worried that young people are disconnected from the environment. Read more below about how the Woodland Trust is helping children engage with nature.

Kate Lewthwaite
Citizen Science manager

P.S We’re delighted that Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, are organising a Commemorative Symposium in honour of Professor Oliver Rackham on 13 – 14 August 2016. Find out more and express your interest in attending.

Ivy – species of the month

This unassuming and often maligned plant is a nature reserve in miniature. Find out why its flowers are a lifeline for so many insects and how and when to record it.

Explore Ivy ►
Win some BEEautiful prizes

Fancy winning £45 worth of bee-themed goodies from the Woodland Trust shop? Just answer one simple pollinator question and they could be yours.

Enter the competition ►
Nature Detectives for families

From butterfly prints to creepy crawly spotter sheets, our new Nature Detectives website is bright, beautiful and packed with activities to get children (and grown-ups!) excited about nature.

Discover Nature Detectives ►
A great success for citizen science

Observatree’s goal to be an early warning system for tree health has just been realised thanks to a volunteer who spotted the symptoms of a new pest. This is only the second sighting of its kind in the UK.

Latest Woodland Trust News

Dear Recorders

News that 2014 was the warmest year on record makes me wonder what 2015 has in store. We’ve teamed up with British Science Week to ask the public to help us answer the question ‘How fast does spring move?’ by spotting some commonly seen spring signs.

Also in this issue:

  • Blackcaps and chiffchaffs are our species of the month
  • Spring findings from 2014
  • News from our sister project Track a Tree

Kate Lewthwaite
Citizen Science manager

PS a request from our science advisor Professor Tim Sparks: when you are recording this spring, please remember to look for ‘trend-setting’ rather than abnormally early events. For more help see our recording guide booklet.

Species of the month- blackcaps and chiffchaffThe arrival of early spring migrant birds is always a welcome sign. Kylie in our team gives some tips about spotting chiffchaffs and blackcaps, which will be returning to the UK soon.
Your findings from spring 2014Now all the results are in and analysed, what was last spring like?
How fast does spring move? Find out with British Science WeekNature’s Calendar is delighted to be a partner for British Science Week 2015. This initiative is a great opportunity to introduce recording to family or friends over the next few months and to help answer an interesting scientific question.
Track a Tree workshops

Our sister project, Track a Tree is looking for more volunteers to record spring in the woods in 2015. They are running three workshops during March.. Find out how to book a free place by visiting their blog.

Action for autumn

Autumn brings an array of colours to our streets. The days get shorter, the nights get longer and leaves fall from trees.

As the weather turns, here are a few ways you can help to keep our neighbourhoods clear and safe:

Clear leaves from the footway. When sweeping your own path PLEASE also sweep leaves from the footway near to where you live. Bags can be obtained by calling the contact centre.

Let us know PLEASE about any faulty street lights.

Edges of your property should be free of overhanging vegetation which may inconvenience pedestrians. Please trim overhanging bushes or hedges back.

Avoid drains becoming blocked. By sweeping leaves you will be helping to keep drains from becoming blocked which causes flooding.

Report any fallen branches, PLEASE.

Sutton’s Action For Everyone

To contact us, use Report It

or telephone the contact centre on: 020 8770 5000.


Trees provide a green and calming environment for the residents and visitors to Sutton.

Trees and woodlands are an extremely important and integral part of the urban landscape. They improve the air we breathe, and enhance community well being, while and providing provide a wide range of habitats for wildlife.

  • The London Borough of Sutton has a high density of tree cover per hectare when, compared with other London boroughs..
  • In total there are more than 190,000 trees in our borough. By far the largest proportion, 135,000 or about 70%, are privately owned, mostly growing in residents’ gardens.
  • The London Borough of Sutton owns the rest including approximately, 21,500 street trees and with a further about 33,000 recorded trees in parks and other open spaces, although it does not include areas of woodland. There are also 2,400 trees growing in school grounds.

Benefits of Trees

Tree 9 Urban trees have a considerable beneficial impact on those who live in towns and cities, especially those who do not have immediate access to other, more traditional types of open space.

Tree Inspection and Pruning

Tree 7 When inspecting the borough’s tree stock, a qualified arboriculturalist conducts a detailed inspection of each tree, looking for any indication that the tree, in whole or in part, may be under stress.

Tree team and what they do Introducing the tree team

Tree 6 

Tree Wardens

Tree 5 The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative to enable members of the public to take an active role in conserving and enhancing trees in their local area.

Trees in Storms

Tree 4 No tree, of any size, can be totally guaranteed to remain standing with all of its branches throughout its life…

Veteran Trees

Tree 1 Veteran trees often provide a range of rich but scarce habitats supporting many rare and endangered species, and are an irreplaceable part of England’s landscape and biological heritage.

Street Trees – basal growth being tackled…

The Carshalton Central neighbourhood has lots of mature street trees and every year we councillors ask the council officers to ensure that they are kept in good shape.

Every fourth year or so a detailed tree inspection and tree pruning takes place over our street trees and the trees in many roads in our area have been pruned in recent weeks. Each year the Council’s staff issue our street tree pruning contractors with the list of lime trees with basal growth issues.

The basal growth is the shoots and stuff that grows out at the base of the tree trunk every spring/early summer and can cause a real nuisance to pedestrians.

As usual, the street tree pruning contractors will be dealing with the basal growth on our street trees in our area over coming weeks.

Please let us know if you have any urgent or not-so-urgent street tree concerns, meanwhile….



Carshalton’s Parks

We have of course a lot of green space within the Carshalton Central neighbourhood…The Grove Park, Carshalton Park, Carshalton Place Canal, The Wrythe Recreation Ground and The Warren Park, plus Benhill Recreation Ground right on our western borders, plus Erskine Village Green on Erskine Road and so on.

There are 420 hectares of green space and more than 80 parks and open spaces in the borough as a whole.

Looking South towards Ruskin Road

Carshalton Place Canal Looking South towards Ruskin Road

Sutton is one of the greenest boroughs in London. There are SIX Green Flag parks (including The Grove Park in Carshalton) and Sutton has achieved a number of awards including the Silver Gilt award in 2013 for its overall entry in the competition for the fifth year running; a Silver Gilt award for Sutton Manor Park (near the police station); a Gold Award for Oaks Park and 1st place for the Floral Display award in the London in Bloom Awards.

We also have 75,000 trees in the borough’s streets, parks and other council properties and in addition there are many hectares of woodlands.

Not at all bad for a “small” London borough!