Street Avenues

Three London tree avenues

I have blogged before about urban trees, but their value to local residents is something I continue to rediscover. The recent Platinum Jubilee reminded me of Silver Jubilee Avenues that are now mature, such as my local one along Chesterfield Walk outside the Ranger’s House on Blackheath. Not too far away is a walk that I like on Angerstein Lane, where I only recently discovered from a local resident who keeps up a garden outside his house there is another mature Silver Jubilee Avenue.

Angerstein Lane in Blackheath

Of course there are also lovely avenues in Greenwich Park itself to explore that date from different periods of time like the curved lime trees at the main gate leading up the hill, and the horse chestnut avenues leading the eye from the Wolfe Statue to the Blackheath Gate. I recently also found that a lime tree avenue called Duke’s Avenue curves around the eastern edge of Chiswick House in West London.

My explorations continue and just yesterday I found a mature street tree avenue in a “Homes for Heroes” estate in Bellingham, South East London, and another in Dulwich: both will have probably just had or are about to have their centenaries. They also both form part of the Garden City design legacy, with the low thick hedge to the front gardens also being a key design element.

Homes for Heroes houses in SE London

I do hope we plant some street avenues for the Platinum Jubilee too!