Preserve trees and green spaces
13 November, 2021
Youngsters help plant a ‘micro-forest’
• “THIS is something that’s going to protect our environment and clean our air”, (Branch meeting: parents start to plant ‘micro-forest’, October 29).
The same can’t be said about the imminent loss of 13 mature trees from Barnard Park, alongside the installation of a plastic pitch, together with an unknown number from the Barnsbury Estate where a mega CO2-emitting demolition of the newest blocks is planned by Newlon Housing Association.
Like the Barnsbury Road former car-parking space, both these sites lie within the executive member for environment and transport’s own Barnsbury ward.
Note demolition and new-build is VAT-free, unlike the more environmentally responsible refurbishment. I trust Cllr Rowena Champion and her colleagues have raised their objections with Newlon.
Swapping parking spaces for trees is an environmental no-brainer, but so is preserving already-existing mature trees and green space, particularly on housing estates where some of the poorest and most vulnerable residents live; and in the borough with the least green space per head of population of all UK local authorities.
Ellington Street, N7