7 Jan 2017

The Garden Bridge is not green and countless green organisations and experts have spoken out against the ecological damage it will cause.

The widely enjoyed and photographed South Bank avenue of London Plane trees will be removed. Lambeth’s South Bank Conservation Area Statement (PDF) describes the area as a public space of national importance and that the trees have high amenity value” and “forming an integral part of the area’s character”.

This section of the promenade, called Queen’s Walk, was created by Coin Street Community Builders in 1983 as an early part of their community development. The open space it offered and pedestrian connection to complete the walkway was a genuine gift to Londoners and an important step of their early community work. The original South Bank Plane trees were planted as a memorial to the WWII dead, and by extending the footpath, forming an avenue of trees and constructing a public park Coin Street extended this most poetic and loved way of remembering those who passed.

But the Garden Bridge Trust chainsaws are sharpened to destroy the avenue. However, Coin Street Community Builders have still not given permission for their park to be built over. Why not ask Iain Tuckett, their Secretary and also founding member who fought to create this public park for all, to make sure Coin Street do the right thing?

Email him HERE?

 

 

This post was originally part of The Garden Bridge 12 Days of Christmas.


 

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