Less than one day left to save the Happy Man Tree
Jun 25, 2020 —
AN INJUNCTION HEARING IS DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN THE HIGH COURT – TOMORROW, FRIDAY 26 JUNE AT 10.30AM.
WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP TO ASK BERKELEY HOMES AND HACKNEY COUNCIL TO REVERSE THEIR DECISION
THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE THE HAPPY MAN TREE, BUT TOGETHER WE CAN STILL DO IT!
Hackney Council and Berkeley Homes are using heavy-handed and intimidating legal measures to silence criticism and opposition from members of the community who are trying to save this majestic tree. They are seeking a possession order and an injunction, which will stop everyone from going within a 600 square meter area around the tree.
If the injunction is served, Berkeley Homes will take possession of the Happy Man Tree and continue with their plans to fell it for the housing development. Friends of the Happy Man Tree have consistently asked for dialogue to discuss viable alternatives that would allow the development and the tree to coexist, without any meaningful responses.
WE STILL HAVE TIME TO STOP THE OUTRAGEOUS DESTRUCTION OF THIS BEAUTIFUL, MATURE, GRADE A, AND MUCH LOVED PAVEMENT TREE – THE HAPPY MAN TREE.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Please send a polite message to Berkeley Homes, Hackney Council and the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, this afternoon, to ask them to immediately reverse their decision to serve an injunction on members of the Woodberry Down community and destroy the Happy Man Tree, and to respond to calls for a genuine dialogue about alternatives.
They can be contacted as follows:
Suggested wording, or use your own:
To Berkeley Homes, Philip Glanville and Hackney Council.
I urge you to reverse your decision to seek a possession order and an injunction on members of the Woodberry Down community and destroy the Happy Man Tree.
The felling of the Happy Man Tree should never have been planned and the community were not consulted and their concerns have been marginalised.
Planting new trees does not compensate for the loss of mature, healthy and much loved trees. Many of the young trees planted nearby have not survived or are damaged.
Please reverse your decision, change the plans and build around the Happy Man Tree.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP AND PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THEY HAPPY MAN TREE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
WHAT THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN DOING:
Since starting this petition in April when Hackney Council granted itself and Berkeley Homes planning permission for the tree to be cut down, over 22,000 people have signed in support of saving the tree.
A large group of supporters have maintained a continuous presence at the tree, including sleeping amongst its branches, since mid-May when the developers first attempted to cut it down.
Recently, we held a Saturday Night Live with music and readings at the tree which attracted hundreds of people locally and virtually.
Yesterday we held a rally at Hackney Town Hall, with speeches about what this 150 year-old tree means to residents, why trees are important for our culture and well-being, and why mature, healthy trees should not be destroyed. We delivered the petition to the Mayor and also a rather large (fake) axe, asking the Mayor, 'Would you swing the axe?'. See the film of that event
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