Oldest tree in the East End under threat

11 April 2017

Residents in Bethnal Green have discovered, in the past 24 hours, plans by developers [1] at the London Chest Hospital site to move the tree known as the “Bethnal Green Mulberry”. This tree is believed to be the oldest tree in the East End [2].

Local Green Party member Natasha Hurley said: “The mulberry tree is a major part of the heritage of the local area. Local people like me are quite rightly angry that this has only come to light through stumbling upon a quietly placed notice.

"This tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order and has been here for over 400 years. To think that the local developers can just up and move it after all this time, which could well be fatal for the tree, is unthinkable. Tower Hamlets Council need to reject the application and force the developers to adapt their proposals to protect the tree.

With increasing developments in the borough and unacceptable levels of air pollution, we should be doing everything in our power to preserve our local environment. While we will be writing to the Council and developers to call for this to be rejected and rethought, we will be prepared to put ourselves in the way if they choose to go through with this. It would be terribly ironic for a Council located at Mulberry Place to sanction this.”

[1] https://twitter.com/catherine_v_p/status/851091996659908608

[2] http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/04/24/the-oldest-tree-in-the-east-end/

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