Plans are in to possibly remove willow trees on the riverside path in Greenwich at Tunnel Wharf
The removal of willow trees on the western edge of the Peninsula will greatly impact upon one of my favourite spots not only in Greenwich but across all of London.
The reason they will likely be chopped down is ultimately a positive, as it will enable river based cargo to serve an adjacent site rather than lorries, though the impact will be greatly felt.
Sivyer are looking install overhead conveyors to transport waste from boats to the Tunnel Wharf site.
If you’ve never walked around the riverside walk past Enderby Wharf I’d certainly recommend it. One of the best spots is where sand a little beach suddenly appears, and views over the river to Canary Wharf present themselves framed by the willow trees.
It really is not like anywhere else locally in terms of feel on a sunny day. If you’ve never been go and see – and today looks a decent day for it. These trees are an integral part of what makes this spot so special.
Honestly, when the sun’s out and tide at the right level it transports you somewhere else. It’s London, but not the London most will know. Well, the tyres and odd piece of rubbish are a hint but easy enough to forgive that.
It’s therefore a bit of a kicker to see them described thus: “noting they are considered to undesirable or unsuitable to retain and protect”.
Undesirable? Pull the other one. Sure, it may be for the greater good but these aren’t undesirable. It’d be great to see other trees planted nearby in a similar style but they won’t frame the sandy shoreline as these willows do.
The installation of fences onto the publicly accessible jetty suggests access will be restricted or blocked in future. The jetty currently has information boards on the site’s history and is well-used whenever I’ve been there.
The jetty offers some great views which shows off the mini beach when the tide’s out:
Looking along the river from jetty:
Other parts of nearby riverside are due to see huge changes when the Morden Wharf residential development finally kicks off.
A total of 1,500 homes and a 37-floor tower are proposed.
If you’re not sure of things to do today you could do a lot worse than heading over to the Thames path and checking out the less known areas ot eh the Thames path before huge changes sweep in. Head to Enderby Wharf and go north.
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