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The Cally gets more new trees in 3 months than in previous 30 years

May 13, 2014
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Rupert Perry (right) with Council Leader, Richard Watts, outside Bingfield Park. The freshly planted Maple sapling is in a tree pit left empty for over 10 years.

This spring, Islington Council has planted 47 new trees along Caledonian Road and adjoining streets. That’s more trees planted this season than at any time in the past 30 years.

Some of the new trees have been planted in the empty tree pits where damaged or dying trees had been removed over the previous decade but had not been replaced. In the Cally, a significant number of trees get fatally damaged by vehicles, particularly high-sided vans and trucks. Every tree which has had to be taken out in the past 4 years has now been re-planted.

Three quarters of the new trees have been planted in completely new sites – stretches of pavement where local Councillors have argued for new planting. Many of these sites have required careful selection for suitability because electricity, water, gas and other utilities run nearby. But they now bring street trees to stretches of pavement that were previously devoid of any greenery.

When Labour regained control of the Council in 2010, the new leadership promised to make sure that areas like Cally got a better share of Islington Council’s investment in highways improvements and environmental upgrade.

Cllr Paul Convery says “during the years when the Lib Dems controlled the Town Hall, all the Borough’s ‘streetscene’ investment seemed to go the already ‘leafy’ bits of Islington and nothing got spent in neighbourhoods like ours.

Over the past two years, the Council has adopted the ‘Cally Plan’ which will bring better design standards, less street clutter, investment in pavement upgrades and environmental improvements. We’ve used the Cally Plan to fight for extra cash for trees in the neighbourhood. It’s taken a while and we’ve still got a long way to go but these new trees are already making a big difference adding much needed greenery to our streets”.

Click here to see a list of all the sites and the types of tree planted. The main species that have been chosen are: Acer usually known as Maple, the Sorbus family or Rowan (Mountain Ash), Betula or Silver Birch, Laurus nobilis which is a Bay Laurel and Tilia platyphyllos usually known as Large-leaved Lime or Linden tree.

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  1. Richard permalink
    May 13, 2014 2:38 pm

    Congratulations on getting the trees to The Cally!! I have lived on The Cally since 2010 and asked the council back in 2011/12 if we could have some trees. At the time I was told there was no funding atm-I am very pleased to see there are now trees, long overdue!!

    Could this website provide more details on the planned implementation of The Cally Plan??!! I inputted to the plan and was aware of the adoption but I think it would be great if we could be updated with ‘whats next’ or the plan timescales in general. The improvements to the junction with Copenhagen Street is a great start, whats next?!

    Richard-a resident keen to see improvements made to The Cally!

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