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Greenwich riverside path willow tree cut down

Last month I covered plans to cut down a number of trees on the Thames path in Greenwich. The plans raised considerable publicity given just how popular this little area of the Thames path is.

It’s a beautiful spot with the willows an integral part of what makes it so special, framing views over the Thames.

Or at least was.

Courtesy EGRA

It appears someone has taken a chainsaw to at least one of the trees already before any planning decision made. As yet there is no word on exactly who did it.

Willows above Greenwich shoreline and beach

Last month’s application was to remove a number of trees at this point and enable the installation of conveyor belts to serve a new working wharf. It wasn’t the only controversial aspect of plans, as a publicly accessible pier would also be closed.

Trees alongside pier – which would be closed

The photo is from East Greenwich Residents Association (EGRA).

Click here to view last month’s post looking at plans for the area.



  1. CompoC

    Yes it is strange . In apen green .we have had Someone Cut down the Lamp posts Byt Peabody who own the Land Have NO IDEA who Done it. They have Not Worked For 2 years . But Cutting Trees Down .to me is Bad . We Need trees.

  2. EthicsGradient

    Sad to see this, also love this spot. Seems like tree protection is ineffectual in London as a whole where there’s commercial; often see cases like this where they just bulldoze ahead before permission on pages and blogs for other areas nearby such as Brockley.
    Reasons given for felling street trees by developers and property owners, where the only aim is increasing the value of their own property, are often nebulous.

    I’m reminded of the apple tree that used to stand at the corner of Greenwich South St and Devonshire drive near us; cut down one day as “its roots might damage the property” (report said this was nonsense) and because it “drops apples”…

    The actual aim was to increase light to the property’s basement windows so they could get more for it as a flat conversion. Still went though, even in a conservation area.

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