Last year Cheney Row Open Space was transformed from an area “notorious for dog fouling, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour” into the borough’s newest park. It now contains wildflower meadow patches, a viewing platform towards Walthamstow Wetlands, an outdoor performance area and a nature-themed play-area for children.
468 trees were also planted. Sixty-eight of these were mature silver birch or pine trees but four hundred young whips were placed in a protective enclosure, towards the back of the park.
These trees now need our help. The weeds have grown as tall and as wide as the tree trunks and are taking over the plot. In the future, once the trees are more established, it will be great to have a diversity of flora in the area but at the moment the focus is the vitality of the trees.