Oh! Look at the trees!

For more than a century, Ockendon Road was pretty much treeless, and rather grim as a result (look at the historic pictures here). Then along came Bill Bayliss, long-time Road resident and a formidable Islington councillor or alderman from 1952-83.   Bill Bayliss, teacher at Camden Road Upper School, 1961 Bill Bayliss not only opposed … Continue reading Oh! Look at the trees!

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Blessed plots: Tree Gardens since 2008

  You may have noticed that we were unusually busy over the dark winter months, preparing and edging the new beds around our four young trees. We have also explored a new technique to deal with beds (mostly at the Essex Road end) where the rising tree roots stopped us from edging with tiles or … Continue reading Blessed plots: Tree Gardens since 2008

A walk through the past 2: Eastwards to Southgate Road

NOW LET'S GO EAST, to Southgate Road. The country boundary with Hackney runs all along the middle of it, which might make street cleaning problematic. Or repairs. Far fewer pictures than of Essex Road, but one or two evocative ones: The end of Ockendon Road is just about visible after the second block of houses … Continue reading A walk through the past 2: Eastwards to Southgate Road