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East End Mulberry Harvest

August 7, 2019
by the gentle author

Now is the season for Mulberries, as this photograph I took yesterday confirms. We are working with Kitty Travers of the celebrated La Grotta Ices to produce Mulberry ice cream for our campaign to SAVE THE BETHNAL GREEN MULBERRY and we need your help to harvest the Mulberries.

If you have a Mulberry tree or access to one, we would be grateful if you can harvest them for us. If you have a Mulberry tree in the East End and are willing for us to come and harvest them, please get in touch. If you are willing to contribute a few hours harvesting Mulberries in the East End in the next ten days, please get in touch and give details of your availability.

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The central collecting point for Mulberries will be Leila’s Shop in Calvert Avenue on the Boundary Estate, Shoreditch. Anyone that supplies Mulberries will receive some of our Mulberry ice cream in recompense.

We will shortly be announcing the next stage in our campaign to SAVE THE BETHNAL GREEN MULBERRY and stop developers Crest Nicholson uprooting the oldest tree in the East End. This week, the Woodland Trust criticised Tower Hamlets Council in the case of the Bethnal Green Mulberry for not enforcing the change in National Planning Policy Framework of July 2018 designed to extend protection to Ancient and Veteran trees.

You can contribute to our legal fund by clicking here

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Lesley permalink
    August 7, 2019

    Fantastic. Good luck. Wished I lived nearer.

  2. Jill Wilson permalink
    August 7, 2019

    I’ll check my availability…

  3. Pamela Cullen Davidson permalink
    August 7, 2019

    I have a black mulberry tree here in Normandy (Manche). I think it must be around 400 years old. It is a mystery as to why it is here, but, as James I had mistakenly had black mulberry trees planted instead of white, so did Henri II of France. Louis XIV had the white mulberries planted for the silk trade.

  4. August 8, 2019

    White mulberry trees are very rare in Spain, while black ones are everywhere, especially in the center. But the fruits ripen in may or june at the latest.

  5. Dianne Cazey permalink
    August 9, 2019

    Wish I lived in the East End…. salivating at the thought of the mulberries AND the ice cream 🙂

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