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PICTURED: Arson debate over Greenwich Park tree on fire
A tree which caught fire and burned to the ground in Greenwich Park last week is not being treated as arson, police say.
But a spokesman for Royal Parks, which looks after Greenwich Park, says the blaze is believed to have been sparked deliberately in a small, hollow beech tree.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to a tree alight in the park, near Charlton Way, on April 17 at around 7pm after park staff alerted emergency services.
One engine from Greenwich was sent to the scene and firefighters had the flames under control by 7.21pm.
The fire damaged the dry, hollow centre of the tree which had been left in place to provide a natural habitat.
A Royal Parks spokesman said: “It is believed to have been started deliberately.
“The tree in question was a small, hollow beech tree that had been left in place to provide habitat. The damage occurred to the dry, hollow centre of the tree and it has now been removed.”
A Greenwich Police spokesman said: “It is not being investigated by police. It is not being treated as arson.”
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