March round-up: Trees 'n things

Those of you that braved the weather will know our spring tree walk was blown off course somewhat by high winds, as we had to give the trees a wide berth. Fortunately, Enable’s tree officer for the Common, Jessica Stocks, very kindly gave up more of her time and rescheduled the walk for a nice, tranquil, sunny evening. We learned how she assesses trees for pests, diseases and damage, and were shown a number of examples on St James’s Triangle. We’re very appreciative of Jess’s efforts, supported by Enable, to keep us informed of arboriculture issues.

We met with Enable to help them draw up guidelines for working with the increasing number of Friends groups in the borough. Meanwhile, both the MAC and Friends committees held their regular meetings (minutes of both are on the website). Both organisations have given final comments on the long-awaited Management and Maintenance Plan, now being finalised. The MAC discussed the February meeting with Paul Martin, Council chief executive, about Neal’s Lodge. The Friends committee focussed on planning its AGM and 1st birthday party on May 10th.

Last but not least, the photo shows your co-chairs, Julia and Richard, receiving their BATCA (Balham & Tooting Community Association) award nomination for their work setting up the Friends. We didn’t win, but it was enough to be nominated, alongside so many other deserving causes. Thanks for all your help to create a community focussed on protecting and enhancing the Common.