Took the opportunity to go on an estate walkabout with some landscaping gardeners from Tower Hamlets Homes.
The weeds certainly have a good time on the estate. But the weeds not only show a failure to remove them, they also show that the concrete forecourts, staircases, fences are rotting. The crumbling appearance of our estate is worrying.
Picture 1 shows how an Umbrella tree sapling in Sewardstone Road, it should be removed at this stage. Better still if the Umbrella trees get removed we do not have those constant saplings appearing. The state of the concrete is appalling, also the iron work is rusted and has been painted over in black glossy paint, whilst it is rotting underneath. The forecourt at Kemp House is full of weeds and the concrete is a mass of crumbling conrete. The stairs at Rosebery show that at least the weeds stand nice and tall as soldiers along the stairs
A birch tree sapling on the stair entrance of Pyggott House. This is against building regulations to have tree saplings growing on houses but it at least shows that Tower Hamlets Homes has taken great care to renovate the external window frames but unfortunately the other pictures also show that the rest of the estate is not being maintained.
Apparently landscape gardeneres are instructed not to remove saplings unless absolutely necessary. It is absolutely necessary to remove the birch from Pyggott House.
There is an enormous tree canopy along Rosebery House. The two umbrella trees there are responsible for all the saplings along the street.
The argument was made that umbrella trees are considered as pretty. They may be pretty if they are visible but along Rosebery House, all we see under the dark canopy are the tree trunks and some leaves.
Unfortunately the large trees within the boundary of the estate take away all the light from residents.
I want to point out that it really depends on the desire of the residents how well the estate is kept. I have not seen any other estate in the area that has such a dense plant growth. Going across the park over the Hackney I see all the estates looking neat and orderly, well-trimmed and maintained. Even other estates within Tower Hamlets are better maintained.
In conclusion, we only should have as many plants as we can maintain responsibly and the maintenance of structure and concrete and fencing obviously is more important than the constant planting of even more plants on the estate.