A number of residents have askedwhy the trees on the City of London Common Land (opposite Harris Academy on Godstone Rd) have been felled.
The September update from the City of London newsletter did explain the reason why : c-of-l-newsletter-coulsdon-sept-2016 but is below for information:
“Riddlesdown tree safety and scrub management
This coming autumn contractors will be cutting the woody area shown in the yellow outline. Trees within this area are poorly rooted on shallow chalk soil and are leaning downhill towards the busy A22 Godstone Road. It is difficult and dangerous to manage woodland on this steep slope so the best long term solution is to restore the area to a more open landscape of grassland and younger shrubs maintained by grazing and regular shrub cutting.”