Category Trees

Tree fall in Red Lion Square

An Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) in full leaf, appears to have been caught by a south westerly gust of wind last week and fell, missing the Fenner Brockway statue by about 10 feet. A number of people witnessed the fall, with reports of a groaning then a great crack! Apart from a smashed bench and […]

Tree walk in St George’s Gardens 15 May

Walk and Talk in the Gardens with Bob Gilbert 3.00 pm, Sunday 15 May Join this Spring walk and talk in the Gardens with the popular Bob Gilbert, arranged by Friends of St George’s Gardens. Bob is the author of ‘Ghost Trees – Nature and People in a London Parish’, and ‘The Green London Way’.  […]

The Queen’s Green Canopy in Brunswick Square

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a massive tree-planting initative is being rolled out this year under the title The Queen’s Green Canopy. It can be hard to find space for a new tree in Bloomsbury, but this week, in a space left vacant by an old tree that had died, the Mayor came to […]

Bloomsbury autumn walks

Friends of St George’s Gardens are offering another Tree Talk with the ever popular Bob Gilbert.  Come along to the Gardens on Sunday  31 October at 2.30 p.m. to hear Bob’s stories about  ‘Autumn in the Gardens’.  The walk will look at seasonal changes; buds, bark, fruit and seeds, and animal behaviour, as the natural […]

Trees – their secret stories

On Saturday 22 May, Bob Gilbert will give a talk about Trees – their secret stories for Friends of St George’s Gardens and friends. He will talk about the protective power of the birch, death and the elder, how the hazel shaped our history and more stories behind some of our commonest trees and shrubs.  […]

How to identify trees

How To Identify Trees by Greg Packman, ArboriculturalistThursday 13 May 20216-7pm This talk is taking place ahead of the Urban Tree Festival which runs from 15th-23rd May. London Gardens Trust is delighted to promote this Festival which celebrates urban and suburban trees, woods, forests, scrubland, hedgerows and all the wild places that bring life and joy to our […]

The Great Plane, Brunswick Square

This magnificent plane tree, one of several venerable specimens in the square, has recently been given the distinction of its own information board. It also has a full page illustration all to itself in the book Bloomsbury’s Squares and Gardens The Brunswick Plane, acclaimed as one of the ten Great Trees of London in 2008, […]

New trees need water to thrive

Trees are not just beautiful, they are an essential element in a healthy environment. While they make an urban area look more attractive, they also provide a home for birds and insects, absorb CO2 and release oxygen back into the air. London has some eight million trees and the amount of carbon stored in London’s […]

Storm damage in Russell Square

The unseasonal gales at the end of last week caused problems around the country and also brought down a large plane tree on the south side of Russell Square, catching a taxi in its branches. Fortunately the driver escaped unhurt. One resident said he was lucky to be away or his car would certainly have […]

Bloomsbury walks during Urban Tree Festival 18 -19 May

Although the plane trees of Bloomsbury may be thought of as the distinctive feature of the area, two walks during this year’s Urban Tree Festival will also focus on the other interesting trees (and more) in three local squares. The walks are being offered by Camden Guides at 11.30 am to 12.45 on Saturday and […]