Relocate the fallen tree sculpture in Elmhurst Gardens, South Woodford

Relocate the fallen tree sculpture in Elmhurst Gardens, South Woodford

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Jodie Marriott-Baker started this petition to Redbridge Council and

On 22nd May 2020 a large ornamental Oak tree fell in Elmhurst Gardens, London due to a fungal bracket. Work on this tree was delayed due to Covid-19, making it fall on at 9am. Luckily nobody was injured from this incident.

Most of the tree was removed, leaving several logs and the tree trunk sculpture where it fell. The main tree trunk sculpture has since been carved into a dragon which looks amazing. Unfortunately, we believe that this sculpture which encourages play is not safe to play on due to not having a safe surrounding surface such as grass, a rubber grid, sand, or bark.

Vision Redbridge believes it to be safe to use, however according to London Play in their 'Fallen trees as structures in playgrounds' leaflet, they state anything over 600mm requires a 3m impact absorbing surface tested to EN 1176. We have measured it to be 1.5m, and at this height, safety surrounds are required. The current 3m surrounding surface is patchy grass, protruding roots, and a concrete path. See more information on this here - https://www.londonplay.org.uk/resources/0000/1697/Fallen_trees_low_res.pdf

We also believe that as the tree trunk sculpture is near both entrances to the park and away from any children's play equipment, that parents find it very difficult to keep an eye on their children running from area to area, especially if they have multiple children and are on their own. This is why we are suggesting it should be moved towards the play area.

Finally, as the tree trunk sculpture is a mere 14m from the gardens of Diana Close. Because of this, the tree trunk sculpture causes great disruption and invasion of privacy for the residents, many of whom are working from home due to COVID-19. This disruption includes antisocial behavior, screaming, and shouting which can be heard from closed windows and doors and children and adults looking straight into their houses.

As you can see there are a number of reasons why we believe this beautiful tree trunk sculpture should be relocated in Elmhurst Gardens, and none of which were thought about before the fundraising had begun. This includes the health and safety aspect which would be the main priority for a children's play area.

We hope you can agree with us. 

Thank you!

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