This poignant email was sent by Tony Campbell on 8th November: Dear Ockendon Road gardener. I am sorry to have to write with disappointing news. I do so on behalf of those who have been helping to look after those tree gardens that are not the individual responsibility of yourself and others. Sadly, advancing age … Continue reading Can the tree gardens continuue? A message from Tony Campbell
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!
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
Hot at last, for the late May Bank Holiday, 2018. Here's a walk down the Road: But in the evening, the "Mother of Thunderstorms". More pictures, later in the summer..
In 2013 the Road was engulfed in an invasion of garden gnomes. They were part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, then in its second year, and still going strong, which manifested itself across London in all sorts of ways. Aida Trabucco inspired and brought about this extraordinary outbreak of gnomework, and the Road gnomes made … Continue reading Gnome sweet Gnome