Fitzrovia Forest Vision Document Now Updated

The latest version of the Fitzrovia Forest document has just been released by ARUP and may now be downloaded from the link below.  A number of recommendations made by local stakeholders and the community have been incorporated in this draft.  An earlier version of the report was released in November 2011.

The purpose of the report is first and foremost to support tree grant applications for Westminster’s side of Fitzrovia.  The document’s also seeks to identify a number of townscape and public realm interventions and to encourage local residents, businesses and organisations to support the implementation of these interventions.   Camden Borough Council have similarly been preparing an Area Action Plan for their side of Fitzrovia.

Westminster Tree Trust – the W1W Tree Planting Initiative supports tree planting in Fitzrovia to balance its contribution to the streets of Marylebone.  The Initiative applied for a grant from The Big Tree Plant to assist the development of the Fitzrovia Forest in March 2012.   The updated Fitzrovia Forest document was included in the application package.

To download the current East Marylebone / Fitzrovia Forest document please click  here or on the image below.

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Trees picket Marylebone Road pollution

The W1W Tree Planting Initiative has been in contact with Transport for London (TfL) seeking to mitigate the environmental impact of traffic of the Marylebone Road and Euston Roads on our neighbouring area.

Relentless traffic on the Euston Road heavy traffic as seen from Cleveland St

The Initiative has been working to implement a Central Marylebone Green Grid in the area between Edgware Road and Tottenham Court Road.  By the end of Spring 2012, the Initiative expects to have planted 500 trees in the area — many of these are within the boundaries of the Clean Air Fund corridor.

Map NO2 Pollution from traffic around Marylebone and Westminster

Tree planting in Marylebone mitigates the impact of road pollution in our area

We hope that TfL will help fund further planting of trees along neighbourhood roads that are most impacted by the pollution of the Marylebone and Euston Roads.

Potential streets that could be planted – within 50 yards of the Marylebone Road:

1. Lisson Grove
2. Seymour Place
3. Harewood Avenue
4.  Upper Montagu Street
5.  Balcombe Street  from Marylebone Road up to Dorset Square
6.  Gloucester Place- South of Marylebone Road
7.  Gloucester Place- North of Marylebone Road
8.  Baker Street
9.  Allsop Place
10 Chiltern Street
11. Luxborough Street
12. Nottingham Place
13. Cleveland Street – west side of street
 

Further details regarding this development will follow.

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Help build the East Marylebone & Fitzrovia Forest Concept

The latest draft of the Fitzrovia and East Marylebone Landscape and Public Realm Visioning Plan  is now available for review and comment.   Join in so that our streets and public areas provide a better space for everyone in our neighbourhood.

Fitzrovia Forest / East Marylebone Green Vision (Now Updated)

Fitzrovia and East Marylebone are currently experiencing a great deal of change due to a number of significant redevelopment proposals, an increased residential population and a changing local economy.   Whilst these developments are being proposed, the physical condition of the areas’ streets and open spaces need further attention and a strategic approach to create a more unified and attractive public realm and landscape.  It is important that the neighbourhood takes advantage of good public realm design guidance that now exists.

East Marylebone / Fitzrovia Forest Vision Map

Westminster Tree Trust – the W1W Tree Planting Initiative supports tree planting in Fitzrovia to balance its contribution to the streets of Marylebone.   Informal advice received regarding possible tree grants for Fitzrovia stressed that it would be advantageous to show the tree project within the context of the City Council’s recently updated Public Realm Strategy.

A view of southern Fitzrovia – Newman St. Facing North from Oxford St.

ARUP were approached as they are global leaders in Urban Design with local knowledge and as they had previous experience of drafting tree planting proposals.   ARUP were gracious enough to complete this study entirely on a probono basis because they were extremely supportive of local tree planting efforts.   Arup surveyed the area and applied Westminster Public Realm Strategy to what they saw to create the draft consultation document.

Fitzrovia's Open Space Deficiency Westminster Map

Fitzrovia’s Open Space Deficiency Mapped Out (WCC Trees in the Public Realm)

The purpose of the report is first and foremost to support tree grant applications for Westminster’s side of Fitzrovia.   In order to be as inclusive as possible, the document has been put out for comment from the wider community.   Subject to comments received, the document will be revised and then used to support further tree grant applications.   It is hoped that this may inspire the wider transformation of the public realm within the study area.

Contact:   w1w.trees@live.co.uk

Document:  download link address

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Tree Planting Celebration on Marylebone’s New Cavendish Street

On Friday 21st October, Ambassador Nicola Clase took part in a tree planting ceremony outside the Swedish Residence to mark the Embassy’s sponsorship of a tree through the Westminster Tree Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the environment in Westminster through an extensive tree planting scheme in cooperation with Westminster Council.  The tree is one of over 50 chanticleer pear trees that now line the length of New Cavendish Street.  The local community again played a very enthusiastic role in the greening of this historic Marylebone Street.

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Proposal made to complete Marylebone central tree grid by 2012

The Initiative has made a  proposal to Westminster City Council to plant seventy trees on nine Marylebone Streets during 2011-2012.   The resulting tree lines will complete our work on the Central Marylebone Green Grid.   Fund raising from the local community has now begun in earnest in order to help achieve this goal.

Tree planting map 2011-12 in Marylebone

Proposed 2011-12 tree planting in Central and East Marylebone

The Marylebone Green Grid and Fitzrovia Forest in London wide context

The streetscape of this area is mostly treeless and of a hard-built environment deprived of much open public space or greenery.   Within this area there are numerous educational buildings including various nurseries, schools, colleges and university facilities along with a number of churches and a synagogue.

The streets to the east and north of BBC’s Broadcasting House are within this scope of this planting scheme.  Furthermore, two hospitals are located on streets where plantings have been proposed.

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For more information to how to support this endeavour by making a donation to Phase 7 or 8 of this tree planting project, please click on the icon below.

Phase 7 Tree Sponsorship Form

Phase 8 Tree Sponsorship Form

Marylebone streets included in Phase 7 and 8 of the Initiative include:

Langham Street, Gildea Street, Hallam Street (south end), Marylebone Street, Beaumont Street, Westmoreland Street, Duchess Street, Queen Anne Street, Mansfield Street.

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Marylebone and Fitzrovia Tree Planting — vote for our success!

Vote for us to get a NatWest CommunityForce award of up to £6,000 to further our tree work in the Marylebone and Fitzrovia area.  Our target is to plant 500 new trees here by end 2012.

Vote for us here:   http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/1351

Over 5800 projects have been registered in the programme for possible funding.   Please spread the word!! Every vote counts!!  

Natwest Community Force Funding Competition Web Page


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Ideas and detail for Fitzrovia Forest South emerge

The southern side of Fitzrovia has had very little street improvement for many years. While the ORB project (Oxford Street, Regents Street and Bond Street) is improving almost all the other areas off Oxford Street, there are no public improvement works planned for these streets.  Meanwhile, Crossrail and the Middlesex Hospital site, between which this area is sandwiched, involve extensive works and changes, none of which are programmed to improve the streetscape of these streets.  Local businesses and residents can make this into a reality only by getting behind initiatives specifically focussed here.  This local street tree project is one such initiative.

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The possibility of planting trees on Newman Street, Eastcastle Street, Berners Street and Wells Street is now being evaluated.   It is hoped that approximately 40 trees on sites chosen to enhance the appearance of key streets and in particular of certain local long vistas (e.g. Berners Street North-South, Eastcastle Street West-East) will be possible.  It is an initiative supported by local residents and businesses including those in Berners Place, Newman Street, Eastcastle Street, Berners Street.

This initiative is part of the Fitzrovia Forest project which supports efforts to improve the public realm of this entire area which is bounded by Oxford Street, Euston Road, Portland Place, Cleveland Street and Rathbone Place.

This proposal builds on the work previously carried out by Arup and Streettrees which was referred to as the Fitzrovia Urban Forest.  Now that East Marylebone has joined West Marylebone in starting tree planting in earnest, this scheme has a greater chance of success by being linked with schemes in neighbouring streets.

Please contact w1w.trees@live.co.uk for further information.

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Work for trees begin at the north end of Cleveland Street

Cleveland Street is an historic Fitzrovian road which lies at the edge of London’s bustling West End.  It is a high density residential, mixed usage street sitting astride the borough borders of Westminster and Camden.   Local environmental pollution is a serious concern for residents.

At its north end, Cleveland Street runs into Euston Road/Marylebone Road (A40 Westway) which has the notoriety of  being one of the most highly polluted traffic arteries, (not only of London but of Europe!) particularly high in nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone and diesel soot particles.   Neighbouring Bolsover Street, which also runs into the Euston Road, was successfully tree lined in early 2011.

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In tests carried out by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP,) both Marylebone Road and Camden have the dubious distinction of being named as Britain’s worst “hotspots” for dangerous levels of diesel pollution.  Local area 2011’s total pollution limits were reached by April – within 4 months – meaning that pollution is 3 times higher than is legally permitted!

This is negatively affecting the health and even the mortality of local residents. Camden’s statistics demonstrate without question that life expectancy is significantly reduced for residents south of the Euston Road.

Efforts, through this major tree planting project, are being made to mitigate the impact of the pollution and noise emanating daily from tens of thousands of vehicle exhausts mere metres away from residential homes.  It is expected that tree planting on a significant scale may help shield local residents from some of the consequences of living so close to this very busy London thoroughfare, and help to improve air quality.

Local residents have prepared a dossier of tree site positions based on neighbourhood watch street improvement proposals (June 2007), ongoing consultations, mobilisations against early morning speeding traffic noise and a vote to campaign for more local greenery and open nature space (2011).

Howard House (Cleveland Street) residents have also been active campaigning for more greenery around where they live. For more information on these endeavours please see: http://howardhouseroofgarden.blogspot.com/.

If you would like to support efforts to green this section of Cleveland Street or if you need more information about this project please contact us. If you’d like to donate money towards planting a tree on our streets, just click below to download a donation form.   All contributions, large or small will help us achieve our goal.

All tree planting is subject to local authority survey and consent.

Fitzrovian Tree Sponsorship Form

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Urban greening efforts focus on north Fitzrovia

There is plenty of evidence to show that people feel better in green spaces.  Trees can contribute to storm-water management, absorb traffic noise, provide shade which helps to reduce skin cancer, are the lungs of our Capital, and have calming elements on our cities.  We would like to bring more of these benefits to our neighbourhood in northern Fitzrovia.

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Efforts are underway to green parts of Holcroft Court’s exterior which are quite barren when compared to what has been achieved in the inner courtyard of the building complex.  Local residents now seek to complete their project by improving the outside of their building with new planters, trees and schrubs.

The trasformation of Holcroft Court's courtyard shows the real potential for greening in the neighbourhood

The W1W initiative aims to continue planting trees in East Marylebone and Fitzrovia.  The areas around Holcroft Court, Fitzrovia Court and Howard House are also in line for improvement.   And, especially as Holcroft Court is set back from the road, it provides unique opportunity to create a green space that offers a healthier and more productive communal space.

Draft concept for improvements to the exterior of Holcroft Court

The effort to green the area streets has been supported by local residents in Holcroft Court, Fitzrovia Court and also Howard House for trees at the north end of Cleveland Street.

Green oasis success at Fitzrovia Court

In the past, trees were not really considered worthwhile. Now that opinion is changing. Trees increase the value of property by 5-15%, and a mature tree by  as much as 27%. Whilst giving character and a sense of place, trees are also the high-rise guardians of the urban environment. Plus there is also evidence that trees help to lower stress and illness levels. All these hidden benefits will not only benefit the present generation, they ensure that we have fulfilled our obligation to future generations.

Trees were recently planted on neighbouring Bolsover Street with the help of Alan Titchmarsh in Spring 2011.   Hopefully this success will allow us to plant trees other area streets.  Survey work is ongoing to find suitable places for trees on Clipstone Street, Clipstone Mews, Carburton Street and Cleveland Street.

To support efforts to green our neighbourhood or if you need more information on this local project please contact  [[details]] .   If you’d like to donate money towards planting a tree on our streets, just click below to download a donation form.  All contributions, large or small will help us achieve our goal.

Sponsorship form

For detail on our local work please see

http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2011/09/06/greening-of-fitzrovia-continues/

http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2011/04/01/fitzrovia-street-to-be-re-named-in-honour-of-broadcaster/

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Local panda and friends plant trees on Great Portland Street


Community Tree planting success with Portly Panda, Executive Director Peter Anwyl from International Students House, Vice Chair of the Westminster Tree Trust, Moy Scott and Councillor Harvey Marshall on Great Portland Street in July 2011

We are so pleased that Portly Panda of the Portland Hospital helped us plant our trees on Great Portland Street.   Together with children from All Souls School the final trees were added to the north end of this historic street today.

In association with International Students House, Pizza Express and The Portland Hospital, we marked the completion of this work with a community tree planting ceremony.

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The Vice Chair of the Westminster Tree Trust, Moy Scott and Councillor Harvey Marshall unveiled the plaques alongside the Executive Director Peter Anwyl from International Students House and Marco Bellisai Area Director for Pizza Express.

The tree planting and unveiling of the plaques was followed by a delicious reception with tea, coffee, pastries and cake hosted by Pizza Express.   We were delighted that so many from the neighbourhood could join this celebration.

The project is a joint initiative by Westminster City Council, Westminster Tree Trust and the W1W Tree Planting Initiative, a local community organisation – residents, resident’s associations, businesses and other commercial organisations – that relies on volunteers to raise funds for the trees and planting work.  The Westminster Tree Trust  has been planting trees to make London’s neighbourhoods more pleasant for over 25 years.

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Devonshire Street tree planting phase concludes successfully with 52 trees lining the street

Devonshire Street Ceremonial Tree Planting in June 2011

The rain clouds left abruptly as we came to conclude our work towards greening in Devonshire Street in Marylebone today.  It was a real pleasure to have Kulveer Ranger (Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s Director of Environment and Digital London), Pam Warhurst (Chair of the Forestry Commission) and City of Westminster Councillor Alan Bradley (Trustee Westminster Tree Trust) mark the occasion by planting a chanticleer pear tree – which is one of the 52 new trees that now line Devonshire Street.  We are very grateful to St Marylebone School’s Green Club for joining and assisting us in planting the tree.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s Director of the Environment and Digital London, said: “London’s leafy suburbs and green spaces are the lungs of the capital. They help breath life into our communities, protect the environment and speak to our national yearning for the countryside. Increasing the number of London’s trees is at the heart of the Mayor’s vision to put the village back into the city and help make the capital a greener, better place to live. Initiatives such as W1W tree planting project  are key to this drive by working in support of our tree programme RE:LEAF.   W1W exemplify how communities can work together to bring lasting positive benefits to an area. I hope that their fine example inspires others to take action.”

Residents from West Marylebone also joined us to celebrate the arrival of new trees on this historic street.  Plans have since been announced at the Marylebone Association’s Annual General Meeting about a new tree planting phase (subject to local authority survey and consent) to cover the roads west of the Marylebone High Street.  The Initiative has added over 180 trees to the streets of Marylebone streets this spring – and it is set to do even better in the coming year.  Detailed work is also ongoing to find suitable locations for trees in East Marylebone and Fitzrovia.

Councillor Alan Bradley added “I am very pleased to see Westminster Tree Trust’s vision of green pedestrian corridors through the whole of Marylebone start to appear as reality.  It is especially heartening that the enthusiasm of local businesses and residents has also been reflected in the financial support shown to the project by the neighbourhood.”

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The event also marked the launch of the Mayor of London’s RE:LEAF prospectus; a document setting out how London will increase tree canopy cover in the capital.  Kulveer Ranger (Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s Director of Environment and Digital London), went on to announce a major boost for tree planting and volunteering in London – urging Londoners to sign up to Team London‘s new tree planting volunteering programme, and to provide 10,000 trees for community groups to create urban orchards, wildlife havens and help beautify London.  In partnership with the Woodland Trust, the Mayor is offering 100 free tree packs for community groups to reclaim public spaces such as churches, playgrounds, or patches of unused land by planting 10,500 trees.  For more information, please see www.london.gov.uk/releaf-london.

A pleasant and productive reception after the planting was made possible through the generous hospitality of Iberica Restaurant for which the Initiative is most grateful.

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New Cavendish Street Tree project completed with Professor Lord Winston

We were most fortunate in having Professor Lord Winston, the eminent scientist and broadcaster, to plant the last of 49 chanticleer pear trees on New Cavendish Street today.  In celebration of the event, The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Susie Burbridge, also unveiled a commemorative plaque.  The W1W Tree Planting Initiative has planted over 180 trees in eastern Marylebone in the last year.

New Cavendish Street is a very busy inner London street which suffers from excessive traffic travelling through the neighbourhood.  It is hoped that the scheme will help reduce pollution in the immediate area, where there are many hospitals and medical consulting rooms – new trees will absorb some of the local traffic noise and make the area more attractive.

The project is a joint initiative by Westminster City Council, Westminster Tree Trust and the W1W Tree Planting Initiative, a local community organisation – residents, residents’ associations, businesses and other commercial organisations – that relies on volunteers to raise funds for the trees and planting work.  Julian Maslinski, Chairman of Westminster Tree Trust, made an address to the large gathering of well wishers.  A copy of his speech may be found through this link.

Lord Winston said: “I’m delighted to show my support for this scheme and plant this chanticleer pear tree to mark a new beginning for the area.  Trees provide an integral source of life to every community and I hope that these trees will enhance the happiness and well-being of everyone who lives here.”

The initiative has planted 250 new trees as part of this phase of the project. It is hoped to increase this number to 500, ahead of the 2012 Olympics Games.  There are also plans to expand the area of tree planting into West Marylebone and Fitzrovia.

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The event also marked the successful conclusion of efforts by local school children to sponsor the planting of their own neighbourhood tree.   Members of the International Community School’s Eco-Team presented a cheque of £300 to Julian Maslinski, Chairman of Westminster Tree Trust.  The funds had been raised over the last year in various school events and activities.

Dr Caroline Fowler, Field Studies Manager at International Community School noted, that “raising money for Westminster Tree Trust has been a very exciting project for the students in our Eco-Team. They have visited classes to teach other students why planting trees are important and older students have also used their maths skills to age trees in Regent’s Park.  It was a fantastic way for students to learn more about the environment and raise money to help their local community.”

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The Greening of West Marylebone

In June 2011, inspired by the forest of trees being planted on the eastern side of Marylebone High Street, a group of us decided to form the West Marylebone Tree Initiative.  Our aim is to encourage tree planting to the west of the High Street. We’re part of the W1W Tree Planting Initiative, but we will focus solely on our local area which lies between Oxford Street, the Marylebone Road, Edgware Road and Marylebone High Street.

Over the next few years, we hope to gradually green up the most heavily polluted areas in West Marylebone, starting with Crawford Street (Phase 10) and the remaining treeless section of Gloucester Place (Phase 11).  In order to do this, we’re working closely with our local councillors, Westminster City Council, the Portman Estate, the Marylebone Association and Westminster Tree Trust.

Existing and proposed locations for new trees in West Marylebone

Key to our success has been the support of the Portman Estate.  They’re generously helping in this work, although the streets we’re targeting are outside the Estate’s boundaries.  The Estate covers the southern section of West Marylebone. Significantly, they too are undertaking a program of tree planting on the Estate.

The West Marylebone tree walk with Paul Akers of Westminster''s Tree Section was held on 17/09/11 It was organised with the helpful support of the Marylebone Association

As part of our campaign to raise awareness of the pleasures of living with trees we’ve organised a West Marylebone Tree Walk with Paul Akers on Saturday 17 September where you can learn all sorts of weird and wonderful arboricultural facts. The cash raised is going towards trees in Crawford Street – see Marylebone Association Events www.marylebone.org/events

The local tree walk was organised with Paul Akers and the Marylebone Association was most informative and enjoyable

If you have a street you’d like planted in this section of Marylebone or would like to help, please contact Sybil Kapoor at sybilkapoor@btinternet.com

Crawford Street

    

The response to planting Crawford Street has been amazing.  Everyone from local residents to small businesses have got behind the idea of raising money to plant more trees along this busy street.  They will link up with the four olive trees planted near the junction of Seymour Place.  WCC will be survey the street this autumn and up to 39 trees will be planted in the 2011-2012 planting season which runs from late autumn to early spring.

If you have a street you’d like planted in this section of Marylebone or would like to help, please contact Sybil Kapoor at sybilkapoor@btinternet.com

If you’d like to donate money towards planting a tree in Crawford Street, just click the  icon below to download a donation form.

Crawford Street Tree Sponsorship Form

All contributions, large or small will help us achieve our goal.

Gloucester Place

We’re targeting the last unplanted section of Gloucester Place, which runs from the junctions of Salisbury Place and Bickenhall Street to just beyond the Crawford Street junction.

No trees mitigate the impact of heavy traffic here on Gloucester Place

This unloved section of the Olympic Route is heavily polluted and currently quite unpleasant to cross.  The plan is to link up the avenue of Chanticleer pear trees that have already been planted on the Northern and Southern ends of the street.  WCC will survey this section of Gloucester Place in the autumn and up to 15 trees will be planted in the 2011-2012 planting season.  We’re currently looking for sponsors to support our work here.

London 2012 Olympic Route Map identifying the Gloucester Place tree planting area

If you’d like to donate money towards planting a tree in Gloucester Place, click the icon below to download a donation form.

Gloucester Place – Phase 11 – Tree Sponsorship Form

All contributions, large or small will help us achieve our goal.

Looking south down Gloucester Place where chanticleer pear trees have been proposed

If you have a street you’d like planted in this section of Marylebone or would like to help, please contact Sybil Kapoor at sybilkapoor@btinternet.com

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Clarification re: Sarawak Report Blog Comment

We wish to clarify that the W1W Tree Planting Initiative had no conscious part in and does not support deforestation taking place in Sarawak as could be inferred from a recent blog comment.  The Initiative thanked Ridgeford Properties (RP), amongst many other sponsors, on the occasion of a tree planting on Weymouth Street with Barbara Windsor in November 2010.  Mark Gazaleh, coordinator for the tree project, subsequently found himself re-quoted in a comment posted by Fitzrovia News (FN) on Sarawak Reports.  Sarawak Reports maintains that RP is connected to deforestation in Sarawak.  FN posted a similar allegation against RP in the context of the Weymouth Street planting.  The FN allegation was subsequently retracted and an apology issued.  See below.

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Fitzrovia News

Retraction and Apology – Ridgeford Properties Limited
Posted on 28/03/2011 by
On 28 February 2011, Fitzrovia News published an article linking Ridgeford Properties Limited to Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia. The article made a number of unfounded allegations, including claims that Ridgeford was part of a multi-billion property empire controlled by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, that this empire gained from the proceeds of illegal timber in the Malaysian State, and that Ridgeford’s Bolsover Street development was part-funded by such illegally obtained money.
We now accept that these allegations are entirely without foundation, Fitzrovia News is pleased to confirm that Ridgeford Properties Limited is not funded by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, who has no business interest in or control over the company.
We apologise unreservedly to Ridgeford Properties Limited, as well as its directors and staff, for the distress and damage caused by our article. As Ridgeford Properties have been a stakeholder in the area for over 16 years, it has kindly agreed to waive any claim for damages on the basis that it is a supporter of Fitzrovia News as a positive force in the community.
http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2011/03/28/retraction-and-apology-ridgeford-properties-limited/
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Alan Titchmarsh completes the greening of Bolsover Street

Much to the delight of local residents and businesses and as part of the W1W Tree Planting Initiative, Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, celebrity broadcaster and gardening expert, planted an elm tree to mark the arrival of 48 new trees in Bolsover Street.  This marked the completion of efforts by the Initiative to ‘green’ this historic street and return elm trees to the neighbourhood.   Additional trees have also been planted on Great Titchfield Street and Greenwell Street.

Alan Titchmarsh, with the help of school children from All Souls Primary School, returns elm trees to Bolsover Street

The Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, Councillor Harvey Marshall unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of the event.   The Initiative has benefitted from considerable support from all sides and has recently planted over 160 trees along Marylebone’s streets during the last few months.

The Initiative has supported the objectives of the NHS Forest Campaign to improve the physical environment around medical facilities.  Today’s planting took place in front of the newly rebuilt Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and also marked the London launch of the NHS Forest Campaign.  As a result, new trees now surround the hospital.  Thirteen additional trees have been planted on Great Titchfield Street and Greenwell Street.  Rachel Stancliffe, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, commented:

“We are very pleased that the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has joined the NHS Forest project.  Not only is this good for patients and staff at Bolsover Street, we hope this captures the imagination of communities in the area and sparks further tree planting at healthcare sites across London”

Alan Titchmarsh addresses the gathering at the Bolsover St Tree Planting 

This Bolsover Street phase has also played a part in the ‘Ulmus Londinium’ project, led by the Conservation Foundation – to provide elm trees in the capital for future generations.  Two new Elm trees have now been replanted on the street after an absence of over 150 years.  David Shreeve, Director, The Conservation Foundation, said:

“We are delighted that our friends in W1W Planting Initiative have chosen to replant elms very near to their original position in Bolsover Street.  London has a rich heritage of elm and let’s hope these new elms prove worthy neighbours of the magnificent Huntingdon elm, on the list of London’s greatest trees in nearby Marylebone High Street.”

Today’s celebration also coincided with the launch of a similar initiative to plant trees in neighbouring Fitzrovia.  This W1T Tree Planting Initiative aims to plant the right trees in the right places and hopefully soften the area’s hard urban character across Westminster’s borough border with Camden.  A proposal to plant trees on a further 12 streets in Fitzrovia and Marylebone is currently being evaluated by Westminster City Council.

Julian Maslinski, Chairman of the Westminster Tree Trust, speaks to well wishers at the Bolsover Street planting

Julian Maslinski, Chairman of the Westminster Tree Trust, made an address to the large gathering of well wishers.  The text of his speech follows below:

Julian Maslinski –  Bolsover Street Ceremonial Tree Planting Address

 

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Conservation Foundation News – Elm Trees return to Bolsover Street
NHS Forest – Alan Titchmarsh plants ‘NHS Forest’ at London Hospital
City of Westminster – Alan Titchmarch marks London tree planting scheme
 
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