King’s Cross suffers from a shortage of green open space. Being a densely populated area, what green spaces we have need to be cherished and protected, not just for our use and our children’s use but also for local urban wildlife, some of which is on the endangered list. So when a local resident witnessed a mature tree being poisoned she gave chase and reported the incident to the council involved (Islington) and to the police.
The incident took place at Thornhill Bridge Community Garden next to the canal at the bridge over The Cally. The garden has been nurtured for many years by the local community with help from Islington Council and is now an ‘outside classroom’ providing important habitat for urban wildlife.
Trees are often a source of complaint by residents who feel they block their views. It’s one of those issues that divides the community as many of us work voluntarily to plant and protect our trees and to fundraise to ensure their future. The balance between having a view of a tree from your window rather than a wider view and protecting urban bio-diversity is a difficult one here with so little space to play with. However, killing trees is not an acceptable answer to the dilemma and is a criminal act.
The good news is, Islington Council will prosecute anyone found to be vandalising trees. Incidents can be reported to the tree service. This letter was circulated this week: