HS2 Appalling threat to London Trees in Euston Square Gardens
The Guardian newspaper has recently highlighted the shocking threat to some glorious trees near Euston Station – with around 200 mature trees due to be cleared to make way for TEMPORARY site works and a displaced taxi rank.
The Guardian 12 January 2018
The Guardian 13 January 2018 – and well-done Rev Anne Stevens!!!
I know these trees well, and wrote about them last year – when I visited the city during a blazing hot summer period. Walking under the shade was pleasant and cooling – but step out from under the cover and it was baking, desiccating, and seriously unpleasant – this is just one of the natural (free) ecosystem services these 100-year old giants provide. Consequently, lots of people were meeting, chatting, and resting there – along with those in a rush just passing through.
These two articles highlight the potential devastation and the large dollops of hypocrisy from HS2:
They stated that ‘Supporting the natural environment is just as important to us as building stations, regenerating city centres, and supporting the economy‘ ……..blah, blah, blah, blah!
[A little bit like they claim to be able to move ‘ancient woodlands’ out of the path of HS2 …. Oh dear, they really don’t understand!!!!]
They also pledged to re-open some public green spaces – in about 17 years(!!) and to plant at least as many trees as they fell – but of course much smaller and in different places ……..in Sheffield we have heard this before!!!!