Monthly Archives: August 2011

Zebra saved from floods

For the past few years residents of Powerscroft Road and nearby streets have faced a giant puddle — OK, a small lake — when they headed for the park after rain via this zebra crossing. (For those who don’t come this way in the wet, it’s at the 5-way junction of Powerscroft, Millfields and Chatsworth Roads, which is tricky enough as it is, especially if you’re not in your nimblest years, or crossing with a child.)

Road contractors created the water feature when they filled in a gutter during the last redesign of the junction, so that the water no longer flowed to the drain intended to catch it. They left the gutter nice and horizontal, apart from a decorative little upward slope, which isn’t really the point with gutters. Emails to the Streetscene project manager at the time got no joy.

But we now have a rather more responsive set-up at Hackney Streetscene, at least as far as Millfields is concerned. When I raised it again recently, they promised to fix it by mid September. So two provisional cheers, saving the third for when the work is done.

Tree tidying

From Parks Development Officer, Bruce Irving:

Ash tree with honey fungus
damage near north
substation wall

I am just writing to let you know that some tree work will be taking place at Millfields over the next few days.

Works will include some canopy lifting, the removal of dead wood and some larger limbs, which need to be removed.

Works will also include the felling of three trees which are diseased.  These include a young / mature ash located next to the substation which is suffering from Honey Fungus and a similar sized lime. A young plane tree located on Leabridge Road will also be felled as it is suffering from honey fungus.

Diseased wood will be removed from site, larger sections of timber will be stacked in the wooded edge of the river on south Millfields in order to create habitat and the small branches will be chipped and used as mulch on site.

The damage to this lime tree
shows that honey fungus is thriving
on damaged wood below ground

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