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Replacing London’s trees

A dilemma we often face when we are developing a site is what we do with the existing trees. Nobody likes seeing trees felled. However, the very fact that the site has been sold for redevelopment will mean that open areas or gardens have been neglected. Old trees will have become dangerous or diseased or young saplings will have grown too close to the buildings.

So taking trees down sometimes can’t be avoided. One of our objectives as a result is to strive to plant more trees than we found. The new trees may have a bit of catching up to do but they will be specimen trees kept under control and planted away from the buildings  


A tree too close to existing buildings in SW18 was taken down in February 2018.This will make way for new trees more appropriately sited once the new building has been completed.


Justine Greening with John Marston planting one of over 20 new trees at Carlton Square in 2006. The image on the right shows the self seeded trees that had to make way for the 47 new apartments.


Upper Lawn SW15 completed in 2015, showing the mix of existing and new trees that replaced the diseased trees and overgrown shrubs that had to be removed. 

Mitre Cottage

Mitre Cottage SW15, one of two new houses completed in 2016 have small courtyard gardens. By using ‘pleached’ trees we were able to plant 10 new trees where there had been none providing privacy from the taller buildings nearby. 

Elmar Court

Elmar Court SW6 – we replaced diseased flowering cherry trees in 2012 with pleached limes that give good privacy and shading in the summer.

Fulham Palace Tree

If we run out of room to plant trees on our own property we also look for places to plant trees in the public realm. The Holm Oak shown outside the courtyard entrance to Fulham Palace was planted by John Marston in 2008 to celebrate 70 years of building flats to rent in Fulham.