Should Council prune St Helen’s Triangle trees?


Your views sought about trees works needed at St Helen’s Rd Triangle.

A fallen tree in St Helen’s Road Triangle was brought to Love Norbury’s attention by a local resident.

As part of the preparations for the Love Norbury in Bloom – Summer Festival being held on St Helen’s Road Triangle on 18 June photos were taken by the organisers and the fallen tree was reported to the Council.

The Council came out to inspect and very quickly removed this tree. The cause of the fall became apparent upon closer inspection. Its lower stem revealed fruiting fungal bodies with basal decay.

Unfortunately, the Council had to also remove the other tree as it became damaged whilst the fallen tree was being dismantled.

All of the remaining trees on the triangle have now been closely inspected by the Council and they found them to all be in a safe condition.

They were cut hard about 20 years ago. The Council are contemplating having most of the tall trees reduced in height once again and wondered how local residents would feel about this work? The Council says:

“Due to the nature of the park trees growing closely together they have created an unhealthy competition forcing upward growth towards the available light. This has effectively caused stems to become ‘drawn up’ making them prone to excessive sway with a potential to break during extreme weather and is the primary driver for the pruning work.

Options are that some trees are lightly reduced, cut to the previous pollard points or a mix of both. Either way the work is regarded as essential to ensure the sustainability of the existing mature tree numbers”

 The Council wonders how Norbury residents will feel about this work.

If you have any particular view on this then please email Love Norbury’s Secretary Anita Konczak at

Anita has asked Residents Associations Chairs to let their  members know (especially SERA members as the Triangle is in its patch), and collate responses from your members for me over the next couple of weeks and then let her know what the feedback is. Anita will pass this feedback on to the Council.



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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