READING BETWEEN THE LIMES
17 November-2 December 2018
Local artists respond to the threat of losing 81 trees, including many mature trees from Lime Tree Walk - as part of a controversial town centre redevelopment - by creating work celebrating the beauty and benefits of the threatened trees.
Reading Between The Limes was a fleeting exhibition you may have seen at the Winns Gallery attracting 700 visitors. A lament and a call to arms - it sought to highlight the contradiction between the local Council’s cleaner air ambitions and their willingness to approve such a reduction in green space and the felling of so many mature, beautiful and useful urban trees that do so much to improve the quality of our air, environment and our well-being.
Much of that exhibition comes to the WVWG this month where the artists will share their love, sadness and anger - through their art - with a new audience; encouraging us to feed back to the powers that be - imploring that they reconsider the design so as to minimise such unnecessary, irreparable loss.
Artists taking part: Martin Adams, Anna Alcock, Rebecca Coleman, Danny Coope, Yanire Sylva Delgado, Teresa Elwes, Maureen Gallaccio, Linda Green (also the curator), Adam Laurence, Kally Laurence, Lynda McDonald, Tracey O’Dea, Yvonne Overton, Ali Reader, Alke Schmidt, Kirsten Schmidt, Tom Stallard, Paul Tucker.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Sign the Reading Between The Limes petition on change.org
Follow or Like the Save Our Square group on Facebook for latest news and events. On Twitter follow, tag or contact @SaveSquareE17 @WoodlandTrust @TreesforCities Leader of the Council @CllrCoghill @wfcouncil
FURTHER ESSENTIAL READING
Plans, decisions, minutes etc from the Planning Committee that approved the redevelopment plans for The Mall on 13 Dec 2017 from democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk
Independent Arboricultural Report (.pdf) that discovers errors in the survey into the health and age of the trees as described in The Tree Removal & Retention Plan
Waltham Forest Council’s TREE STRATEGY 2017-2022 (8MB .doc)
Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers as referenced in the above Tree Stategy (2.8MB .pdf) offering 12 principles of best practice, from The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)
“Through the ongoing care of our trees we aim to ensure that this essential feature of the borough’s identity is protected and enhanced for the benefit of future generations.” Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment June 2017, writing in the Council’s TREE STRATEGY
PREVIOUSLY IN THE NEWS
Campaigners plead with Sadiq Khan and council to save trees destined for the chop. Guardian, 26 March 2018
Children join activists in calling for reverse on plans to chop 80 trees in town square. Guardian, 24 August 2018
Campaigners' last ditch attempt to save town square fails. Guardian, 3 October 2018
'The council doesn't know what makes Stow attractive': Artists campaign to save trees. Guardian, 8 November 2018