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First trees felled in King Edward Memorial Park

By on February 12, 2017 in Save King Edward Memorial Park

The first trees have been felled in King Edward Memorial Park as preparatory work for the Thames Water super sewer gets under way.  Some readers may find the photographs below upsetting.

LW went along to King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) with What’s In Wapping (WIW) during the week on a joint visit to KEMP.

Although we were aware that some work had begun on the outdoor games area it was still a shock to walk into the park itself and see the trees along the river walk decimated.

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View east towards Limehouse.


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Trees felled by the benches, view of river obscured by acoustic screens.


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Younger trees felled by western entrance to park.

When the workmen spotted LW and WIW poking cameras and iPhones over, under and through the fences they came over and had a chat and were very friendly and informative.

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View north from river.


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Acoustics baffles to reduce noise along the river walk.

Work continues to build a footpath through the park to allow people to get from one side to the other.

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These trees were scheduled to be the next to be felled. By the time you read this they will be gone.



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  1. Know the feeling they are cutting trees down at Island Gardens, two of them in memory of local Islanders and have Tree Preservation Orders on them – shameful.

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