Protesters seemed on in horror right now because the ‘Tree of the Yr’ was chopped all the way down to make approach for 584 new properties on a housing property in London.
Crowds had been unable to cease the 150-year-old ‘Completely happy Man tree’, which had been named after a since-demolished pub, from being felled, however warned that the councillors who voted for it to be minimize down won’t ever be forgiven.
The tree was lately voted England’s 2020 Tree of the Yr in a contest organised by the Woodland Belief, which goals to showcase the UK’s favorite bushes to assist present their worth and wish for defense.
It brings to an finish the long-running saga of protests and injunctions aimed toward saving the Airplane Tree in Hackney, London.
Dozens of cops stood guard because the tree got here crashing down as a part of plans for a housing improvement on the Woodberry Down property.
The 150-year-old ‘Tree of the Yr’ pictured earlier than it was minimize all the way down to make approach for a housing improvement on Woodberry Down Property in Hackney, London
The tree pictured after it was minimize down. Crowds had been unable to cease the tree from being felled, however warned that the councillors who voted for it to be minimize down won’t ever be forgiven
Police had been referred to as in to take away protestors who had climbed it in a final ditch try to cease it being felled.
A petition to save lots of the tree with 22,000 signatures was delivered to the Mayor of Hackney in June final yr, with the Excessive Courtroom granting an injunction to cease protesters blocking the demolition work granted two days later.
Hackney Council lastly voted to chop down the tree in September as a part of Berkeley Houses’ third section of the regeneration of the property, which can add 175 new bushes and 29 tennis courts’ value of open area.
A Twitter account named Save The Completely happy Tree mentioned: ‘We’ll so miss you #HappyManTree.
‘We’ll always remember what you probably did @BerkeleyGroupUK @hackneycouncil @mayorofhackney. Destroying the #TreeOfTheYear will NEVER be forgotten. @WoodlandTrust.’
Environmental lawyer Paul Powlesland watched the tree being felled and was aiding native campaigners via the group Legal professionals For Nature.
He mentioned: ‘We should not let anyone neglect that @BerkeleyGroupUK destroyed this tree once they did not have to as a result of it was simpler and extra worthwhile for them to take action.
‘Let their model endlessly be related to the very fact they killed England’s tree of the yr.
The tree because it got here crashing down in London, whereas protestors look on. Hackney Council voted to chop down the tree in September as a part of the third section of the property’s regeneration
Two protestors hug forward of the tree being felled. A petition to save lots of the tree with 22,000 signatures was delivered to the Mayor of Hackney in June final yr
Law enforcement officials seen standing guard because the tree, which was lately voted England’s 2020 Tree of the Yr in a contest organised by the Woodland Belief, is felled in Hackney
‘For all their protestations that properties are wanted, it was attainable to re-design the event to have the identical variety of properties and preserve the tree, however Berkeley wouldn’t countenance just a few months delay. Let this by no means be forgotten.
‘Do not buy @BerkeleyGroupUK’s s**t flats and homes, inform others to not, remind them of their tree killing every time you possibly can: on social media or in actual life.
‘Allow them to perceive that the injury to their model implies that in future they need to retain mature bushes not destroy them.
‘As a way to facilitate the felling of the tree in opposition to the needs of native individuals, the Met Police collaborated with Berkeley Houses and despatched dozens of officers to assist with the felling, concurrently saying they haven’t any assets to attend burglaries or robberies.’
Adam Cormack, head of campaigning for the Woodland Belief, mentioned in October: ‘The local people has made a strong case to retain the tree, adopting the slogan #noticethistree.
The 150-year-old tree pictured as it’s being felled. In June, Hackney Council secured a Excessive Courtroom injunction and possession order to take away protestors guarding the tree
A protestor seen because the tree, voted England’s 2020 Tree of the Yr, is felled in Hackney, London. The ‘Completely happy Man Tree’ was chopped all the way down to make approach for a brand new improvement
The tree seen after it was felled. It brings to an finish the long-running saga of protests and injunctions aimed toward saving the Airplane Tree in Hackney, London
‘We did discover, and so did hundreds extra. In too many locations we see well-loved mature bushes misplaced to improvement moderately than designed in to plans from the beginning.
‘When this occurs it is a lose-lose scenario. The tree itself is misplaced and folks lose one thing that made their lives higher.
‘Efforts to create new properties and higher locations to dwell should begin with defending current bushes, and their avoidable loss should at all times be prevented. Planting new bushes, whereas wanted, will take years to have the identical affect on absorbing carbon and cleansing air.
‘The legacy of this tree should be that the planning system, which is at the moment dealing with overhaul in England, ought to defend current bushes and native voices should be listened to when selections on native bushes and woods are made.
‘Bushes have an enormous optimistic affect on individuals’s high quality of life, however this wants reflecting in nationwide planning coverage and native decision-making.’
In June, Hackney Council secured a Excessive Courtroom injunction and possession order to take away protestors guarding the tree to cease it from being felled.
On the time, a spokesperson for The Buddies of the Completely happy Man Tree marketing campaign group mentioned: ‘This authorized blunderbuss is a bullying and an excessive weapon for any organisation to make use of.
Two protestors look on forward of the tree being chopped down. The Woodland Belief’s contest goals to showcase the UK’s favorite bushes to assist present their want for defense
An undated handout photograph of the tree in Hackney, London, which received England’s Tree of the Yr title in a contest organised by the Woodland Belief
An undated handout photograph of the tree, with an indication studying ‘discover this tree’. It brings to an finish the long-running saga of protests and injunctions aimed toward saving the Airplane Tree
‘We’re upset to see that Hackney Council and Berkeley Houses have resorted to the techniques of the wealthy and highly effective to realize their purpose.’
Hackney Council acknowledged in August final yr: ‘The “Completely happy Man Tree” had been recognized for elimination for greater than a decade, and though no considerations had been raised in earlier intensive session, when the problem was raised final yr, the applying was paused and a collection of workshops had been held with elected resident representatives to have a look at different choices for the design of the scheme.
‘An impartial report was additionally commissioned to grasp the affect of the lack of the tree and what mitigation measures would imply for the biodiversity of the world.
‘This report, submitted as a part of the applying, particulars that the mitigation measures put in place would have a internet profit on biodiversity on the property.
‘After months of workshops and conferences, it grew to become clear that there was not a option to keep away from eradicating the tree with out inflicting a 15-month delay to the development of reasonably priced housing, and a redesign of the venture.’
On its web site, Berkeley Houses describes the event as ‘sustainable’ and ‘dedicated to the pure setting and vitality conservation, enhancing the world’s plentiful wildlife’.
It provides: ‘Grasp planning for Woodberry Down has targeted on making a sustainable group, with massive and improved public open areas in addition to spectacular new group amenities.’
MailOnline has contacted Berkeley Group, who declined to remark, and Hackney Council.