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Stanley Road’s iconic monkey puzzle trees are saved!

Stanley Road’s iconic monkey puzzle trees are saved!

A pair of fine monkey puzzle trees in Stanley Road have been permanently protected by Richmond Council – thanks to swift action by the Teddington Society and the Council itself.

In February, a resident in Fulwell Court, where the trees stand, had threatened to cut them down to make room for parking spaces. Until, that is, the Society intervened. Following a flurry of emails and telephone calls between ourselves and the Council, a temporary Tree Preservation Order on the trees was issued – and on Wednesday this week, the local authority’s Planning Committee unanimously agreed to make the Order permanent.

At the meeting, local councillor Jonathan Cardy described the trees as “a very important part of the landscape”. The Teddington Society agreed, and in our submission to the committee we declared, “These trees are too unusual and important to lose; the local community would be diminished without them. It would be shameful and irresponsible if they were felled to make way for nothing more than car parking spaces, particularly as on-site garages are provided for that very purpose.”

The trees – Araucaria araucana, to give them their formal Latin name – are believed to be up to 80 years old. The TPO will remain in place for as long as the specimens are healthy.

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