Without the Dulwich Estate’s extremely well managed tree conservation policy and new tree planting, there is no doubt that all who live and travel through Dulwich would have far less of an enjoyable and beneficial experience. Generally the abundance of healthy looking trees in Dulwich are in as near to natural form as possible which is a wonderful experience, soft on the eye and calming of the mind - certainly this reduces the amount of stress in our busy lives and adds a huge amount of beauty and value, not forgetting all the environmental benefits, of course.
I think there is one short term exception to the rule, the Zelkova carpinifolia on the junction with College Road and the South circular junction. Certainly there will be few people who have not noticed the relatively sad, small (but still huge!) portion of this tree that is left standing on the corner. Most people will also know that this had to be done to make the tree safe at this very busy junction. Its stark "chopped off" state is hopefully only temporary and the look should be very different later this year with a flush of new growth, hopefully by July it will start to look a lot better! Looking a few years forward it could be a small safe version of its old self.
I think it’s essential to be clear about the reasons we should consider keeping the Zelkova:-
Hoping our tree may be a striking accent on the Dulwich landscape for years to come.