I went on an inventory walk of Parkview Estate to count the shrubs and trees, which need professional pruning and I came to the following numbers.
Note that these numbers do not even include the plants and trees in private gardens or the roads nor the plants near the Canal, which also have extra trees and shrubs but perhaps make up about half of the plants on the estate. These numbers also do not include the many rose bushes, fruit shrubs and soft flower plants, which do not need professional pruning.
- 92 trees
- 597 shrubs
- 48 tree saplings sprouting
- 11 fruit trees
I made a FOI request to Tower Hamlets Council and been informed that the budget spent on plant maintenance on Parkview in the last round was £15,902.63. Compare that with Bancroft estate, which has hardly any plants within it, the council spent £18,094.00.
A stark discrepancy and totally unreasonable, since Bancroft is much bigger with less plants and we have probably the most plants in the borough but almost the smallest amount of money spent on it.
Additionally we have several Trees of Heaven on the Estate. See recent Guardian article, which lists the trees as invasive and being on the list of top 25 trees, which are dangerous.
The Environment Agency does not yet register Ailanthus as an invasive species, but it is included in the top 25 alien invasive plants listed by the European Plant Protection Organisation as posing ‘an important threat to plant health, environment and biodiversity’.
Most saplings on the estate are from that tree. Ailanthus Ultissima can grow to 80 feet in a very short time and we see the saplings all over the place.
All my enquries to the MP, Rushanara Ali and the local Councillor Sirajul Islam fell on deaf ears, the official complaints procedure also did not have any results, so next stop is the Housing Ombudsman.
If anybody has to add to this please contact me using the contact form on the contact page.
I strongly support clean air but we do not solve the pollution problems by planting and growing all plants on our estate alone.