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Friends of Well Wood Scoop Award

Congratulations are due to the Friends of Well Wood in Coney Hall who, last week, picked up a London RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Award.

ivy_leavesThe Council’s Community Forest Development Officer writes:

“The ward was The Tree Council’s Trees and Learning Award for involving under 16 year olds in the transformation of Well Wood through sustainable tree-related educational and planting programmes; increasing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the environment by the children and young people who have participated; and showing evidence of sustainable environmental improvements.

With 7 year olds designing a woodland trail for families, scouts planting hundreds of trees, and teachers empowered to use the woodland habitat in their teaching, “Transforming Well Wood” is a project inspired, driven and delivered by the local community. Local school children have attended interactive woodland workshops to learn about their local woodland. The creation of a new walking trail with a bright, colourful trail logo designed by the children gives families a starting point to explore the woodland using the improved paths, signage and entrances for easier buggy and pedestrian access. The thinned and coppiced woodland has increased the structural diversity and improved the ground flora for wildlife to thrive.”

As your councillors we would add that it’s a feather in the cap for the wider scheme of ‘friends’ groups in our parks, woodlands and other open spaces – an initiative that Bromley has pioneered over many years.

Update 14.9.12: Hayes Street Tree, Footpath Upgrades and Cycle Routes Boost

After many months of negotiation with Transport for London (TfL), the sad decision has been taken to fell a tree near the northern end of Hayes Street, just before the telephone exchange, because bus operators felt it was a hazard to the larger modern double decker buses that now ply the routes through the village. The action has been reluctantly taken in response to an ultimatum from the bus companies that services would be withdrawn from the village unless the tree was removed. Alternatives, including a kerb build-out, were considered but would have led to a dangerous traffic ‘pinch-point’. We have insisted that the tree is replaced with a mature sapling at TfL’s cost.

On a more positive note, new funding from TfL is being allocated to Bromley to enable a number of schemes including improvements to footpaths in Well Wood – mainly to enable better access for less mobile residents. Also proposed are improvements to cycle routes in and around Norman Park, as well as installation of anti-skid surfaces and de-cluttering of the street scene across the ward and borough. Outside the ward but of interest to Hayes and Coney Hall residents will be plans to improve congestion at the notorious junction of Heathfield and Westerham Roads in Keston.