The 125 trees on and around West Kentish Town estate benefit residents in the area by providing protection from pollution and a sense of wellbeing. These trees are a vital part of the ecosystem, providing habitats for many animal species and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. When West Kentish Town estate is rebuilt every effort should be made to retain mature trees, as it will take 30- 40 years growth for newly planted trees to provide comparable benefit.
A detailed survey of the trees should be carried out to establish the species, health of each tree, life expectancy, benefit to biodiversity and overall value to the community. This information will enable designers to prioritise which trees should be kept. It is possible to design new housing and other buildings around trees, as has been demonstrated by many projects in Camden and elsewhere.