As many of you will have seen, the beautiful elm tree that used to be such a feature on the crescent green in Rossendale Way was fatally damaged during the high winds last Friday afternoon (21 August 2020) and now is no more.
A tree surgeon was called out, arrived about 6pm, assessed the tree as not saveable, and then set about making the area safe.
The tree surgeon and team returned after the weekend and the job is now complete. All that is now left is a flat stump just a few inches high and a pile of wood pieces.
If you would like a memento of the tree, please do come and take a piece, but be prepared: It’s rough sawn wood and deceptively heavy.
Shortly after 3:30pm last Friday a gust from the Storm Ellen winds caught one of the main branches and caused it to collapse, totally covering two parked cars and blocking several people in their houses. Less than ten minutes later a second branch was blown down, covering even more of the green and blocking access to several more houses – now over half the crescent.
We were incredibly lucky indeed that no one was hurt. We were also fortunate, especially considering the sheer weight of wood that came down, that property damage was minimal. A smashed rear windscreen, one smashed door mirror, some dents and scrapes, a couple of cracked garden fences, a few squashed plants and shrubs – and that was it!
Very sad that the elm that has been part of living in Elm Village since the beginning has now gone but we have discussed options with Places for People and are planning to get a new elm planted in the same spot next year. As is the horticulture of elms, its new roots will in time integrate with the old elm’s roots. New generation and old together. Continuity and a new beginning
A number of Elm Village residents have been involved in creating the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan. It has been accepted as a legitimate local plan by Camden and will be put to a referendum – date yet to be decided.
If you are over 70 years of age, or you are extremely vulnerable and live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can get access to priority home delivery slots by calling Sainsbury’s at 0800 953 4988.
How to register for help if you are a vulnerable person
Elm Village resident reports
Priority Supermarket shop hours – please check locally for each store in the area (taken from different sources)
Marks & Spencer
M&S is taking further steps to support its customers, colleagues and local communities.
The first hour of trading at all stores will be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable shoppers on Mondays and Thursdays.
Store opening times vary from 7am to 8am, and some stores will be closing earlier.
Dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and vulnerable and NHS staff have been introduced at Sainsbury’s stores, which are now only open from 8am until 8pm Monday to Saturday.
From 8am to 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Sainsbury’s is only open for elderly and vulnerable shoppers.
The company also says it is giving priority access to online delivery slots for the over-70s, although it has paused registrations for new online shoppers due to high demand.
Tesco has also announced a dedicated shopping hour for NHS staff and the vulnerable.
The priority shopping hour for vulnerable and elderly customers is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 10am.
This is in all Extras, Superstores and Metros but is not available in Express stores.
Morrisons / Lidl / Aldi – nothing
Lidl has implemented reduced shopping hours in light of the coronavirus outbreak but there has been no information released regarding elderly and vulnerable shopping hours or NHS staff.
Waitrose and Partners has introduced new measures to help its shops meet the needs of customers with a particular focus on the elderly and the vulnerable.
first opening hour of all stores – 7am until 8am – is dedicated to elderly and vulnerable shoppers
. Stores open from 7am to 10pm, but some branches will be closing early, the company said.
Co-op supermarkets have introduced vulnerable shopping hours and purchasing restrictions.
From 8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11am on Sundays, elderly and vulnerable shoppers will be able to enjoy priority shopping hours.
Most stores open from 6am or 7am until 8pm. Contact your local store for opening times.
Parkway Fruit & Veg
Open and operating one in one out the store.
Elm Village resident reports
“….I walked round camden today for excercise, and spoke to a few business owners of restaurants I use that are still open – they are all obviously struggling with business, but trying to stay open to pay local staff and continue to provide a takeaway service to the community.
Lovely owner who is friendly and community-engaged, using organic ingredients with the best pizzas we have had. They do not do delivery (as delivery services charge 35%) but you can call in advance and takeaway.
Great local restaurant of 50 years, that last time I checked was still within the top 100 restaurants on tripadvisor (very very hard to achieve out of 20,00 restaurants!). Amazing food. They use deliveroo, or you can get a 20% discount off the menu prices if you order in advance and pick up.
The coal office restaurant in Kings Cross (Coal drops yard)- this is the last restaurant/shop pretty much open in the KX area. Do a bespoke couple of takeaway dishes daily that are very good, as well as selling high quality fruit and veg. “If you are self-isolating, we can deliver by Boris Bike or Deliveroo. Email – ToYou@CoalOffice.com