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Walkers learn rare secrets of the city streets

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14 July, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Tree walkers went from Finsbury Park to Highbury

NEGLECTED pavement trees were the focus of a walk on Monday which saw more than 20 people discover beauty hidden in plain sight. The aptly named Paul Wood took the group from Finsbury Park to Highbury, pointing out rare trees as they walked. Walk organiser Nicola Baird from blog Islington Faces said: “I was surprised to find that there are pears, crab apples, Mongolian lime, whitebeam and the rare wild service tree all growing in Islington streets. Paul is amazing at sharing info about street trees and their many benefits for wildlife, climate mitigation and food.”

Tree expert Paul Wood shared his expertise on street trees

The walkers were even lucky enough to spot a wizened peach tree which they not just looked at but ate from. Paul, who has just released an illustrated book on the city’s trees (London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest, Safe Haven Books), says his love of trees started at a young age. “I used to live in the countryside when I was a kid and when I came to London I was very struck by the variety of trees here,” he says. “The trees are my way of getting my nature fix.” To find out more about Paul Wood and his future walks go to:

Anita’s one-woman mission to revive Archway trees

Anita Frizzarin brings water to newly planted trees left high and dry in Archway Square (below)

TOWN Hall and transport chiefs have in the past week celebrated the completed revamp of the new Archway Square. But one concerned resident has raised the alarm that the young trees, which in future years will shade the new plaza, are being severely neglected in the dry weather of recent weeks. Anita Frizzarin, 59, has taken it upon herself to water them, cycling up the hill with scores of bottles of water from her Upper Holloway home as part of a one woman sapling rescue mission. “About a third of the trees are in a bad way,” she says. “They’ve lost their leaves. Given the heat it can only be the water. One is practically dead. But I can only carry so much at a time. I never thought at my age I would be going round taking water to the trees. The young trees have very small roots, they don’t go a long way like the big trees. That’s why they need more water.” It turns out that Transport for London is responsible. A spokesman told the Tribune: “We appreciate the efforts of residents in caring for the trees and want to reassure them we’ve given our contractors an improved watering regime to follow to ensure the trees thrive…”

Nothing ropy about the new play stage in Paradise Park!

Youngsters enjoying the new stage in Paradise Park

THE stage is set for the children of Paradise Park thanks to the work of volunteers and donors. Architect and mum Siri Zanelli, whose two children attended the children centre in Caledonian, designed the new stage which was formally opened at a party last week. The stage has blue rope cascading from the top and proved a hit with children pretending they were in space ships or jungles. “We wanted to create something the kids can make up what it is, too many things made to look like a pirate ship or an object they know,” Siri says. “Through imagination and play they can make it into what they want it to be.” Young children were able to enjoy face paints and a tombola while parents tucked into cakes at the event funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The Islington Play Association, the charity who manage the centre, launched a fundraising campaign last month to improve their Martin Luther King adventure playground. To donate and to find out more about the services at Paradise Park go to:


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