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Some Favourite London Mulberries

May 23, 2021
by the gentle author

In celebration of the news that the Bethnal Green Mulberry is saved, here is a gallery of some of my favourite London Mulberries

At the Tower of London

At Charlton House

At Middle Temple

At KIng’s Bench Walk

In Haggerston

In Whitechapel

In Stoke Newington

At Charterhouse

In Victoria Park

In the Commissioner’s Garden at Chatham Royal Naval Dockyard

At Mile End Place

At Abbey Wood

At Syon

At Sayes Court, Deptford

In Bunhill Fields

In Dalston

At the London Chest Hospital

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  1. mlaiuppa permalink
    May 23, 2021

    They are certainly handsome trees, developing unique character as they age. Plus you can eat the berries or make jam from them.

  2. Rachael permalink
    May 23, 2021

    There is a mulberry tree in the children’s playground next to Butterfield Green Orchard N16

  3. May 23, 2021

    It is such an uplifting of spirits after the dark times of the pandemic. The pandemic may not be over yet but the verdict which has saved a beautiful living monument to our Huguenot history, does at least give us hope for the future.

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    May 23, 2021

    Fantastic shapes and gnarly textured bark on the mulberry trees.

    Also interesting that so many of them have props, just like the beloved old Bethnal Green mulberry.

    Let’s hope they all survive into even older age…

  5. May 23, 2021

    Sadly once you could have included the mulberry at Barnet College…it had grown in the grounda o f the old grammar schoolsince 1555 but was cut down by developers building the new (hideous ) college in about 2005.

    It was healthy, produced fruit every year, & was a beautiful tree. The developers & college managemement of course could find no other course of action…for which they will always be remebered. So the people of Barnet no longer have their wonderful Tudor tree…but they have got a lovely mega prison style ‘education’ barracks .

  6. May 23, 2021

    I think there used to be a large mulberry at the back of Tredegar House in Bow Road when it was the Tower Hamlets Health authority building. The garden area was approached from a car park at the rear.
    I hope the tree has survived as the builfing was turned into flats. It produced dark purple fruit.

  7. Hilda Kean permalink
    May 23, 2021

    An interesting description of such trees particularly in London. Have you thought of doing
    a book on this? The recent work Ghost trees on Poplar trees went very well.I’d think about this as your latest work?

  8. May 23, 2021

    Beautiful shots of these very special creatures. — A few days ago I visited “my tree”, a 600 year old oak. And this is how she is today:

    Love & Peace

  9. May 23, 2021

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, what a beautiful photos of mulberry trees around London. They look so well cared for and protected – a fitting epilogue to your long fought battle.

  10. Linda Granfield permalink
    May 23, 2021

    Letters from thousands of people from around the world, lawyers, botanists, blogs and funds were needed to save the Bethnal Green mulberry.

    Fortunately, the Dalston tree has had owners who took/take the time to figure out how to make a patchwork of wood to save their leggy mulberry.

    Move it? Hack it down? Obviously, never!!
    Just enlarge the fence opening and add another plank. True love!

  11. Cherub permalink
    May 23, 2021

    These photos are proof of why green spaces in cities are so important, especially in these difficult times we are all beginning to emerge from. They offer people beauty, tranquility and above all, hope for the future.

  12. May 23, 2021

    Love Your London recently visited the mulberry tree behind the Methodist Church in Colney Hatch / Muswell Hill. Fast forward to minute 9 of this video 🙂

  13. May 23, 2021

    Truly gnarly old souls. I so with I had one in my garden, they scream “I have a HUGE personality”.

  14. Caro permalink
    May 23, 2021

    There are some beautiful mulberries outside Forty Hall in Enfield – well worth a visit!

  15. Victoria C. permalink
    May 23, 2021

    Being from the states I felt there wasn’t much I could do to help, but I am soooooooooo happy for this outcome! Congratulations, to everyone who fought to save it.

  16. May 23, 2021

    Give a thought to the wonderful old mulberry in the back garden at Kelmscott Manor in Kelmscott, near Lechlade, the summer home of William Morris. His children played on it in the late 1800’s. The tree was considered by Morris to be quite ancient even then. Kelmscott Manor was built in 1570, the same birth-year of East London’s Church Bell Foundry!

  17. May 23, 2021

    Wonderful to see them thriving and so many clearly loved and cared for

  18. May 24, 2021

    Congratulations on saving the Bethnal Green mulberry. I planted a maiden mulberry this year but in the meantime while I wait for it to fruit will forage from your wonderful list. Best wishes Jojo

  19. May 24, 2021

    I remember picking fruit from the one a Lesnes Abbey when I worked there in 1993. A really lovely tree.

  20. May 24, 2021

    There was another mulberry tree in hospital grounds in the East End – at St Clements’ Hospital on Bow Road. I sincerely hope that this wasn’t chopped down when they developed the site.

  21. Carla Mitchell permalink
    May 24, 2021

    There is a wonderful mulberry in the grounds of St Ann’s Hospital, South Tottenham, and a Mulberry Tree community garden near Bruce Grove!

  22. June 2, 2021

    How wonderful that so many Mulberry trees have survived – against the odds. I particularly like the image above of the one in Mile End Place.

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