Trees

We are absolutely committed to retaining as many trees as we can during the regeneration of the Wornington Green estate, however we will unfortunately have to remove some trees in order to deliver new affordable housing.

We care about our customers’ living environments and are committed to listening and responding to their concerns and ideas, while at the same time meeting our social purpose and delivering much needed new homes. We will continue to consider this important balance and find solutions

Trees in Phase 1 & Phase 2A

In order to build the new homes at Wornington Green, Catalyst has had to remove a number of trees. We have been able to retain some original trees and incorporate them on Bonchurch Road.

The below table provides a summary of the trees we’ve planted, retained or removed across the two completed phases:

Phases

New Trees Planted

Retained Trees

Trees Removed

Unsafe

Low Category (immature/sapling)

Moderate

1

30

9

3

41

21

2A

3

0

0

18

8

Phase 2B

We’ve listened to concerns about the removal of trees as part of the next phase of construction, and we’re working with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) on a plan that retains some trees and increases the number of new trees to be planted.

Our updated tree plan will see us:

  • Remove 37 existing trees
  • Plant 69 new trees across Phase 2B, with all trees in the public realm to be semi-mature London Plane trees
  • Retain eight existing trees and move three to Athlone Gardens

This phase will also feature nearly half an acre of environmentally friendly green roofs, which will support air quality and biodiversity in the local environment.

Phase 3

Plans for Phase 3 are still being finalised, and we are actively looking for ways to retain as many trees as we can in the last phase of development. We hope to update the local community in early 2021 with more detail.