Tree campaigners have raised over £2,000 to pay for an independent engineer, to develop an alternate plan for Cox’s Walk Footbridge that saves its straddling oaks from being felled.
As this paper has reported previously, the Save the Footbridge Oaks Campaign has galvanised the support of environmentalists and many who regularly visit Sydenham Hill Wood and Dulwich Wood to protect the two ancient oaks in the conserved woodland.
They are lobbying against Southwark Council’s decision to cut down the two mature oaks on either side of the bridge which Tooley Street’s experts say needs structural work to keep safe.
The bridge was originally built in 1865 to cross the High Level Railway to Crystal Palace. More than 2,800 people signed a signature to save the trees which sit in an area of ancient woodland – one of the last remnants of the Great North Wood in London.
The Crowdfunder is paying for the engineer’s time, and it is hoped an alternative plan can be presented to the council when it is ready.
The earliest the oaks could be felled is in September 2020 after Southwark Council paused giving them the chop in favour of launching a public consultation.