Decision Maker Response

Hackney Council’s response

Jun 8, 2020 — Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition or contacted us about the removal of this much-loved tree. It's absolutely a last resort, and something we spent months working with local residents to explore alternative options to.

To everyone’s disappointment, we could not find a way to avoid removing this tree without huge delays to the construction of desperately needed genuinely affordable homes for social rent, and a complete redesign of the project.

In total these new Berkeley Homes plans include the planting of 175 new trees as well as the equivalent of 29 tennis courts of new open spaces, including a new fully public park.

It’s also why there will be 4,135sqm of biodiverse green and brown roofs, including vegetation and planting, as well as an energy centre to provide low-carbon heat for the entire estate and 1,060 new cycle parking spaces.

Already, the regeneration of the estate has seen 425 new trees planted, 50 bird and bat boxes installed and the opening of the fantastic Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve to the public for the first time in nearly 200 years. This huge investment in green infrastructure will benefit generations of local people for long into the future.

This is on top of the other ways we, as a Council, are responding to the climate emergency with Hackney’s biggest ever tree planting programme, with 35,000 new trees across the borough by 2022, including over 5,000 new street trees – as well as switching to 100% clean energy, reallocating roads for green spaces and supporting low-carbon transport.