Petition update

Planning decision 9 Sept, Tree of the Year nomination & other developments

Happy Man Tree
London, ENG, United Kingdom

Sep 2, 2020 — 

Since our last update there has been a whirlwind of activity in the Happy Man Tree campaign!

Crowd Justice Fund - £8,730 raised!

On 3 August, the Happy Man Tree’s Crowd Justice fund was closed with an amazing total of £8,730 having been reached. Thank you to all of those who contributed; the money raised has funded a solicitor and barrister who've been invaluable to the success of the campaign so far.

To date, the injunction applied for by Hackney Council and Berkeley Homes and approved in the High Courts of Justice on Happy Man Tree protestors, has not been served. Additionally a Judicial Review application has helped to protect the Happy Man Tree in the short term.

Hackney Council announced that Phase 3 of the Woodberry Down development to go back to Planning Committee on 9 September.

Hackney Council have decided to reconsider the planning application in relation to the new Hackney local plan. This allows the decision for the Happy Man Tree to be cut down, and other aspects, to be re-evaluated by councillors.

The future of the Happy Man Tree will be decided at this meeting and we are asking people living locally to send in their comments by 3 September latest.

To submit a comment:

Please email: and with Woodberry Down Phase 3 in the subject heading. Emails need only be a few lines long.

Alternative design of Phase 3 created by the Friends of the Happy Man Tree allowing the tree to be kept

Architects from the Friends of the Happy Man Tree have created an alternative design for the development showing that the Happy Man Tree could be kept alongside the full provision of social and affordable housing, with minimum delay.

Watch a video about this redesign and find out more about the way it could enhance Phase 3:

Happy Man Tree nominated for Tree of the Year 2020

We were delighted that the Happy Man Tree has been nominated for the Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year! Read the nominations for all the wonderful trees and cast your vote.

Please #voteHappyManTree and spread the word on social media. Deadline for voting is 24 Sept.

Happy Man FestiviTree

This weekend saw a FestiviTree to celebrate 100 days since the Friends of the Happy Man Tree prevented it from being felled.

Art Terry (singer/songwriter of Is Black Music), Lydia Gosnell (wonderful recorder birdsong) and the Radfax Band performed at the event and Russell Miller (Chair of the Ancient Tree Forum) gave an inspiring speech about the value of London Plane trees. A Poetree workshop took place and puppets Tippety Twig and Twiglet put in a star appearance to entertain younger Friends of the Happy Man Tree!

As well as enjoying the Happy Man Tree and coming together to be creative and have fun, local residents also had the chance to look at the alternative design created by the Friends of the Happy Man Tree.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Happy Man Tree. Your commitment to this campaign to ensure that mature trees, and nature in general, are protected alongside the provision of housing has been vital.

Woodberry Down estate has changed profoundly in recent years and as well as providing significant environmental benefits, the Happy Man Tree is an important and much loved cultural reference point for the community.

Save the Happy Man Tree!

To follow the campaign, please keep an eye out for updates on

Facebook: @happymantree

Instagram: @thehappymantree

Twitter: @happymantree

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