The Friends' successfully completed their winter tree planting campaign on 14 March, with help from the 40th Blackheath Scouts.
Six species of trees indigenous to the UK were added to the south field of Avery Hill: oak, hornbeam, birch, hawthorn, field maple and pine. These add to the 600 trees already planted in the emerging woodland area.
The winter tree planting programme also saw additional and replacement trees planted alongside Avery Hill Road and the new arboretum area. These improvements were made possible thanks to a grant from the Mayor of London's tree planting scheme and fundraising by the Friends group.
Read more below on the Friends' improvements to Avery Hill Park and join us in the Campaign to Save Avery Hill Winter Gardens and Mansion.
Mature trees at Avery Hill, many dating back to the planting of Victorian magnate Colonel North, have given protected status.
The 19 trees have been added to the list of trees protected at Avery Hill after an application to the council from the Winter Garden campaign group.
They include pines, oak, beech and limes which help to give the area its unique character, having been built by Col North in the 1890s and converted for education in the early 20th century.
The Avery Hill campaign group is also seeking conservation status for the Mansion site and adjacent parkland in advance of consideration of plans to create a 1,100 student boys’ secondary school on the site. The government and Harris are expected to give more details of their plans later in the spring with a projected opening in September 2022.
Trees which are already subject to protection are six within the Winter Garden itself and 14 others across the site.
Although developers can remove trees given Tree Preservation Orders, they need specific permission and may be subjected to conditions.
As you know, a key aspect of tackling climate change, improving air quality, supporting our birds and other wildlife, and thereby our physical and mental health, is to have the right trees and other greenery in precious green spaces like Avery Hill Park. To this end, and with your support, The Friends have undertaken many ‘greening’ projects around the Park including:
· Several annual rounds of tree planting in the park
· Avenue of grey alders and limes running from Avery Hill Road
· Arboretum: each side of the avenue have been planted with a variety of unusual species, including
Davidia; Catalpa, Paulownia; Cedar; mulberry; holm oak; wild service and species of pine
· Fringing the park with pools of new native trees against Avery Hill Road and alongside the new footpath
on the south side
· A semi-circular display of magnolias between the new avenue and the Winter Garden
· Woodland: In the last four years, 600 native whips have been planted on the south field, starting a new woodland. The Friends hope to populate the whole field with trees, with amenity spaces and walks
· Hedgerow: A 70m hedgerow was planted in the park’s north west corner in 2015, comprising ‘fruit trees’
to help provide food for birds over the winter, including birch, sorbus, cherry and euonymus.
· Terrace Garden: This garden, which is next to the car park, was part of Col North’s 1890 mansion design.
Recently neglected, the Friends have now re-planted shrub beds, climbing roses, rose arches, creating a
new entrance to the park. We’ve also planted rows of wildlife friendly buddleia and lavender and annual
We will keep you updated on future projects and clearly we also welcome your continued support.