We are a residents group representing the area where Godstone Road and Winchester Road meet (GodWin) in St. Margaret's, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. We are campaigning to save the Godwin trees: 11 mature and protected trees on the corner of Winchester and Godstone Road.
If you would like to know more, or join our campaign to save the trees please contact us using the form below.
Thank you again for your ongoing support of this long-running saga, it has been lovely to meet many of you in person over the last couple of years.
A New Planning Application (22/1225/FUL) has been submitted and we only have a few weeks to make our feelings known otherwise we will lose some of our wonderful trees - looking particularly lovely right now!
Last time we had 109 letters of support against the proposal and it would be great to get that number in again or more!
Objections can be made online (https://www2.richmond.gov.uk/lbrplanning/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASENO=22/1225/FUL) using the "Make a Comment" button before May 31st. A list of the valid reasons for objection can be seen on the LBRUT Planning Portal HERE
Save The Trees
Developers want to build townhouses on the car park at St Margaret's Business Centre.
Their plans will involve the removal of mature trees and hedges - all of which are at least 38 years old.
We oppose this destruction of a mature, green area which provides a wildlife corridor, and is home to bats and nesting birds in the spring.
We are campaigning to create a Green Hub for the community to help alleviate air pollution, increase biodiversity, create habitats for wildlife and provide a valuable green lung for the community.
Original proposed development
The Pegasus Group on behalf of Sheen Lane Developments have informed us of their intention to submit a planning application to build townhouses on the site.
Their plans will involve the removal of existing trees and hedges (all of which are at least 38 years old or more).
Our Vision - Community Green Hub
Richmond Council placed Tree Preservation Orders on the entire site in February 2020, recognising the value of the trees to the community.
We have commissioned a tree survey, and with South West London Environment Network, are monitoring bat activity - of which there is plenty it seems!
With help from the Environment Trust we could create a Green Hub in the heart of our community; a valuable stepping stone in the green corridor of South West London.
Richmond's Climate Emergency Strategy
In July 2019, Richmond Council declared a Climate Emergency, committing to working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
A detailed action plan setting out what the Council will deliver, with clear reporting and evaluation, has also been published.
Protecting existing trees is a key part of this strategy!
C/o Habitats & Heritage, ETNA Community Centre. 13 Rosslyn Road