Search

It’s a Chainsaw Massacre! Fight to stop council from cutting down trees near the Heath

PUBLISHED: 16:09 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 15 September 2017

Kiki Kendrick stands in front of one of the trees earmarked by the council for removal Picture: Nathan Louis

Kiki Kendrick stands in front of one of the trees earmarked by the council for removal Picture: Nathan Louis

Archant

Residents are dismayed after Camden Council began cutting down trees in order to replace a wall in Hampstead Heath.

Kiki Kendrick has put up these signs to gain support and prevent further trees from being removed Picture: Nathan Louis Kiki Kendrick has put up these signs to gain support and prevent further trees from being removed Picture: Nathan Louis

One tree on Constantine Road has already been cut (on Wednesday morning) and locals are fighting to save the rest of the trees, at the junction of Constantine and Savernake Road, that have been earmarked for removal.

Kiki Kendrick, also known to her neighbours as “Mrs Nets”, believes it is a disgrace that residents have not been consulted and has launched a campaign, “the Hampstead Chainsaw Massacre” to prevent any further trees from being destroyed. She has even tried to arrange time slots so that people can watch out for when the trees may be cut down in an attempt to halt it.

“I have tried to contact the council but have had no response and a tree has already gone down.

“This is supposed to be a conservation area and these trees have been here for as long as I can remember.”

Camden council put up these notices on September 6 Picture: Nathan Louis Camden council put up these notices on September 6 Picture: Nathan Louis

The council say that it is vital to cut the trees down to “repair a dangerous wall”. They also say they will replant the trees but Mrs Kendrick says that this will take years.

A passer by expressed her concern. “It is such a shame. To get these trees to these heights will be so difficult. I don’t know why they can’t just rebuild the wall,” she said.

Mrs Kendrick has gained support from neighbours, including Joyce Glasser who says that tree felling is a city wide issue.

She said: “The way we treat trees is abominable, it’s disgusting. We need to have respect for our trees and I urge the council to get a second opinion.”

This tree was reportedly cut on the morning of September 13 with no consultation Picture: Nathan Louis This tree was reportedly cut on the morning of September 13 with no consultation Picture: Nathan Louis

David Patterson said he saw signs go up on September 6 notifying the public of the council’s decision to remove the trees.

“There has been absolutely no consultation and the removal of these trees will have a significant impact on how the area looks, considering it is supposed to be conservation.

“I’m sure there are other solutions and I just don’t think the council have been very transparent with us,” he said.

A spokesperson for Camden council said: “Due to significant stresses on the wall there is substantial cracking and leaning, which requires it to be taken down and completely rebuilt.

The 'dangerous' wall is behind these trees on an entrance to the Heath Picture: Nathan Louis The 'dangerous' wall is behind these trees on an entrance to the Heath Picture: Nathan Louis

“The trees that are to be removed are in very close proximity to the wall and any work to take it down and rebuild it would undermine and damage the roots making them unsafe. The council plans to replant with approximately four trees, of a more suitable species, in the area.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

14:13

Police are appealing for information after a 15-year-old girl was shown explicit images by a man in King’s Cross on her way to school.

14:11

A man has been found guilty of murdering Derek McAllister over a minor argument in an East Finchley bookmaker’s in 2015.

14:07

Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells was appointed as the new Mayor of Camden last night.

12:00

Flats at the new Hornsey Town Hall development have gone on the market, with campaigners criticising how expensive they are.

10:40

Campaigners against the CS11 cycle superhighway are seeking legal advice for a judicial review against the Swiss Cottage Gyratory part of the route.

Tue, 17:28

You may recognise singer Babs Savage from her annual appearances at the Hampstead Festival.

Mon, 21:26

Missing schoolgirl Isabella Newell has been found in Hertfordshire today after going missing on Saturday morning.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Wembley Sailing Club is hosting a Push the Boat Out event on Sunday May 20, where those interested in taking up the sport are invited to experience the club in action.

Preparing your child in advance for school will go a long way towards ensuring the very best start for your child.

After over 50 years in the acting industry, and a decade of unprecedented success delivering outstanding part-time performing arts tuition at her weekend Academies across the country, Pauline Quirke returns to her roots to create even more opportunities for young performers in North London.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now