Merton Council saves old oak

One of Merton’s oldest and best-loved trees by Cannon Hill Lake has been saved by Merton Council, with a little bit of help from Tree Project and Broadleaf Tree Services.

The tree has been securely propped up by four logs, which will mean the ancient oak should survive a few more decades. The tree was on the verge of collapsing after a very blustery day.

On hand to help were Merton’s tree officers Dave Lofthouse, Dan Sitch and Mabel the dog.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: “Thank you to all those involved in saving the tree. By preserving Merton’s trees, we can continue to maintain and beautify our green spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy in the future.”