A late June afternoon: blazing sun, the tree gardens in constant danger of drought, but some wonderful flowers. Why not come out and water the garden nearest to you? It's a sure way to change the weather!
In 2017 a film crew blocked off a goodly portion of the Road to film a TV drama in one of the houses, authorised by Islington Council. Residents complained they were being denied their parking rights, and eventually the Council Film Office was persuaded by Peter Streatfield to donate the sum of £500 to … Continue reading Getting Together 2018!
This site could not exist without Alan Peake, who started it as http://www.orra.org.uk/ and nurtured it for years. Rachel Thomas refurbished and renamed it https://ockendonroad.wordpress.com using much of the original material. Very many thanks to both of them. And to Louise Blenkinsop and other contributors, up to now and into the future. Ideas and contributions welcome … Continue reading Web weavers
Like most things, it was a happy accident..and an awful lot of hard work. In 1992, Romee's sister in Switzerland gave her one or two sunflower plants. Romee's garden faced north, so in a hurry to keep them alive she planted them in the space left around the crab apple tree in front of No. … Continue reading How the trees got their gardens
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!
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
Early on Sunday morning, if you were awake and excited for the day ahead, the sound of brushes sweeping the street and gutters could be heard. A surreptitious delivery of tables and chairs borrowed from the Church was deposited on the street. Then at ten o’clock the barriers went up at the two ends of … Continue reading The Great Ockendon Road Street Party 2012