Both pictures were taken today in Elephant and Castle in the shadow of the Haygate Estate. Due to be developed after several false starts, the estate which is currently owned by Southwark Council will be rebuilt by Lendlease. The homes are now largely empty but as they await demolition, wildlife has flourished, the trees, all planted some thirty years ago, have become well-established and the kind of landscape which should be a developer’s dream – with boulevards, green courtyards and copses – is due for removal to make way for the new buildings. At least half of the 400 trees may be cut down. This is an astonishing secret landscape which merits preservation and cultivation.
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