Affects Me

Missing Trees

The roads covered here are located near the Town Hall:

Bedford Road, Chandos Avenue, Church Hill Road, The Drive, Dudley Road, Falmer Road, Farnan Avenue, Gaywood Road, Hawthorn Road, Howard Road, Hurst Road, Kenilworth Avenue, Rectory Road, Ruby Road, Spruce Hills Road, Turner Road.

I've made a list of roads that appear never to have had trees, or have no missing trees.

I've also included a set of notes describing how the missing trees are identified.

Bedford Road

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Chandos Avenue

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Church Hill Road

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The Drive

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Dudley Road

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Falmer Road

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Farnan Avenue

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Gaywood Road

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Hawthorn Road

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Howard Road

February 2005 Sometime in the past week, 11 sapplings were planted on Howard road. It's a start.

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Hurst Road

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Kenilworth Avenue

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Rectory Road

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Ruby Road

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Spruce Hills Road

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Turner Road

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Roads that seem never to have had trees

Aubrey Road, Browns Road, Byron Road, Richards Place, St Johns Road (Hoe to Victoria), Tower Hamlets Road, Warburton Terrace

Roads with no missing trees

Bromley Road (recently replanted, but, oddly, had 3 older trees), Milton Road (has trees at road narrowing points, none missing).

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Notes

I was so sad when the place where a tree that I knew had died was tarmaced over. I'd rather expected that a new tree would be planted. Then I started looking around and realised it had been going on for a long time.
It seems that every road I visit now has missing trees. Take a good look at your street. Are all the trees still there?
I don't expect to walk the entire borough and locate them all. I decided to start with the roads around the Town Hall.

How missing trees are identified. Where a tree has been removed recently, it is quite clear where it was from the planting hole. But there are often obvious patterns to the original tree planting. For example, in some roads you can see from the remaining trees and visible planting holes that the trees were originally planted opposite to each other at regular spacings. So, where there is no sign of a planting hole, I look at the planting pattern to locate the missing trees. I establish the spacing by pacing, and check the location with respect to trees on the other side of the road. I do not take pictures of sites where trees might cause problems, such as near junctions, drains, lampposts, or telegraph poles, unless a planting hole is visible. I also ignore sites where nearby gardens contain mature trees that would crowd out a street tree. Not that these locations are necessarily problemmatic. I have seen healthy trees in all these types of location. If anything, these pictures undercount rather than overcount the missing trees.

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