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Biggest old canopy, destroyed

On Saturday 4th June, some 20 people joined Forestbank on a walk around the former Heygate estate.

'Where's your canopy?' walk was one of the events which took place during the London Tree week.

Some 20 people joined the walk and talk led by Guy Mannes-Abbott who has for years been campaigning passionately on the many issues around the Heygate forest, environment, local authority and developers' responsibilities etc.

Guy outlined the long history of the Heygate forest. In 2010, local residents conducted a CAVAT (Forestry Commission's tool to assess value for the local communities) and found that the forest was worth around £15,000,000. The council's own estimate grossly undervalued the forest at £700,000 before it sold the entire 23 acres of land to Lendlease at a loss.

The walk started off at the Coronet, and here, a local resident warned us that, 'If you come back to this spot in, say, 20 years time, none of this will be here any more. Not the Coronet, not the shopping centre, just the pub across the road.'

The walk took us to former Meadow Row entrance into the estate (the one which had to be closed immediately because of super-high-crime-rates which was proven to have been entirely made up), now enticing future students with 'unrivalled views from the skylounge'; into the Crossways Church where we all witnessed the devastation in the name of developers' profits.

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(photos of before and after courtesy of Southwark Notes)

It was here, standing on a soon-to-be-demolished-like-the-rest rooftoop, that we had a bit of an epiphany – one of the people spoke about 'decanting' and we suggested that calling it 'decant' does not convey the violence of the entire process, where what really happens, to people and trees, is that they're pulled out, never 'considerately', torn out of who and where they are, and as violently and inconsiderately stuck wherever else.

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(photo of Glenan Forest Nature reserve, borrowed from here)

Back on the street, Guy continued to tell us how LendLease's plans for 'regeneration' which were granted permission back in 2013 included a legal requirement to restore the original canopy, ie to replace every tree on site, plus plant 1,200 more off-site, 'reconnecting the site with green corridors', which would include 640 replacement street trees etc.

Three years on, they have failed to deliver on the boasts and legal commitments. Instead of something like 260 street trees which should have been planted, there are a couple of handfuls in the ground, others cast over a kilometre away. None are connecting the site to the neighbourhood.

Next stop Victory Park and Trafalgar Place or insert-some-shitty-greenwash-name-incorporating-groves-or-biggestnewparks-or-heights-yes-heights-is-cool-and-trendy where we, people who live in Southwark, are most certainly not welcome. Those who are hide behind the secure locked gates and behind the private 'concierges', where kids are 'allowed' or told to play in a space between the road (with cars etc) and the home, where you must have a space to park your car even though tube and train and bus and coach are less than a five minutes' walk away, etc.

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(you can see more photos from the day on our Facebook page)

Massive, scandalous fail whichever way you look at it, yet the same plans and narratives are being, as violently, pushed through for the Aylesbury Estate, for Elmington, for Blackfriars Road, for the Old Kent Road 'opportunity area' etc.

The fight for forests and canopies, as part of the ongoing battles against the violence of 'regeneration', will continue.

See also:

Martin Dixon's photographs from the day

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