For three weeks every April, parks and streets in Hammersmith and Fulham explode in the pink blossoms of cherry and almond trees. More than just pretty accessories, trees create a link to nature and are a much needed antidote to the concrete cityscape of West London. They also help to counteract the carbon emissions choking our streets and produce the oxygen needed to breathe cleaner air.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council pledges to plant more trees and to make it a priority to replace trees that had to be removed for any reason. It is surprising, therefore, to see tree stumps and gaps between rows of street trees which have remained unchanged for years. Examples include Weltje Rd – already badly affected by A4 noise and access traffic -, where a huge stump is a sad reminder of the glorious oak that once dominated the southern end of the street, and Bradmore Park Rd which is still waiting for the replacement of two of its beautiful cherry trees.
Liberal Democrats will
- Restore tree-lined streets to their former glory
- Plant new street trees, including cherry and almond trees, at residents request (subject to pavement and buildings safety)
- Wherever possible, include trees, ‘green walls’ and roof gardens in the design of new buildings
- Maintain and expand the existing trees in Hammersmith and Fulham parks
- Encourage ‘green education’ in primary schools and enable school children to take part in public garden design and gardening projects