Ada Salter, was the driving force behind the transformation of Bermondsey from industrial slum to green oasis. By 1930, 7,000 trees were planted on the new estates and the streets of the borough.
In the eastern United States, the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is known as the Ghetto Palm. It's a name I like, at once descriptive and ironic - I love the effortless way Americans do that with language... Since I wrote about the ToH a couple of weeks ago, I have started photographing them where... Continue Reading →
That tenacious suckerer, the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) has been at it all over London. Since my last post on the Tree of Heaven, I have been seeing them everywhere. They are invasive and potentially damaging, but they appear to be tolerated, even encouraged by Londoners. It's not just in the privacy of domestic... Continue Reading →
The Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is a common tree of street plantings, parks and gardens, in fact it pops up everywhere. It has a curious habit (in London at least) of blending in, it has a passing resemblence to the Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) or the Walnut (Juglans regia) and seems inoffensive when it first... Continue Reading →