Axed tree will be replaced, promises council

tree chopped

An HCRA-funded tree that was chopped down without warning last week, will be replaced, Harrow Council has promised.

Council contractors said they had been forced to fell the tree because it was damaged and unsafe.

But residents say just one branch was damaged and could have been removed without chopping down the whole tree.

The tree was planted with HCRA money about eight years ago as part of the association’s ongoing tree-planting campaign.

When members contacted the council’s tree department they were told the tree would be replaced by the council with one of the same variety.

The destruction of the tree came as a blow to residents who were celebrating the arrival of some new trees in Rosslyn Crescent and the news that they would be able to fund some more.

This year’s Dump Run event raised enough money for HCRA to pay for a new tree in Rosslyn Crescent.

Meanwhile Greenhill ward councillor Sue Anderson has once again said she will use some of her community budget for trees in our neighbourhood.


Rat alert!

HCRA is gathering information on rat sightings after the large rodents were once again spotted scurrying around Frognal Avenue and Rosslyn Crescent.

The more information we have about where rats are congregating and running around, the stronger case we have to ask the council to take action.

If you see a rat then please report it to us by emailing or

You can help stop rats coming into your garden or street by making sure all rubbish is put in the correct wheelie bin and the lid is closed.

They like hiding in long grass or under fallen fencing so maintaining your garden helps too. If you rent a property then report any signs of rats to your landlord and ask them to take steps to deter them.

New councillors for Greenhill ward

Greenhill ward has two new councillors after local elections yesterday.

Keith Ferry and Ghanzanfar Ali were elected to represent the ward alongside Sue Anderson who retained her seat.

All three stood for the Labour Party, which has now regained overall control of Harrow Council.


Anger over felled tree

tree chopped

Residents have expressed anger and surprise at the decision to cut down a tree in Woodlands Road.

The tree was one of several funded by HCRA as part of our ongoing tree-planting campaign.

Residents who saw the tree being cut down by council contractors were told it had been damaged in recent winds and was “dangerous”.

However, witnesses say just one branch was hanging down and there was no need to cut down the whole tree.

HCRA will be investigating the decision to cut down the tree and whether or not it will be replaced. We have already contacted Harrow Council.

Mystery of closed shop

Residents are mystified by the unexpected closure of the “CostCutter” shop on the corner of Rosslyn Crescent and Station Road.

The shop has been closed for several days despite a sign on its door that it will be open “from Monday afternoon”.

The shop was part of the CostCutter franchise but HCRA was recently told by head office that the store was no longer part of the chain despite the fact it still displayed CostCutter signage

Shop managers said they hoped to be taken on by another convenience store umbrella group – Nisa.

HCRA has been lobbying the store to tidy up the scruffy area outside and volunteers have been gardening the flowerbeds.

The shop – which is normally open seven days a week – has not give a reason for being closed.

Trio of trees

Lexus tree

HCRA has succeeded in getting three new trees planted in Rosslyn Crescent thanks to support from Harrow Mosque and a local councillor.

One of the trees (pictured above), which was planted today, went in on the corner of the crescent nearest Lexus House. This tree was funded from Greenhill ward councillor Sue Anderson’s budget for community projects.

Meanwhile a pair of trees has been planted outside Harrow Mosque. One of these trees was funded by the mosque while the other was paid for by an individual who attends the mosque.

mosque tree

The trees flank the Rosslyn Crescent entrance to the building.

mosque trees


HCRA’s tree officer Helen Grimes co-ordinated the planting of the new trees with the council’s arboricultural team.

“We’re really grateful to Sue, the mosque and the individual donor who funded these three new trees as part of our ongoing tree-planting campaign,” she said.

“We feel trees make our streets much pleasanter places to live in, which is why getting new trees planted continues to be a priority for our residents’ association.”

So far HCRA has succeeded in getting nearly 40 new trees planted.

Cash raised via HCRA’s annual Dump Run event looks set to go towards at least one new tree and the association hopes to work with more local businesses and organisations interested in funding trees.

We are also looking to recruit a posse of “tree pit champions” who will help water the trees and look after the tree pits, including weeding and planting flowers.