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REMINDER: Plant walk, 22 September

On Saturday 22 September Roy Vickery will be leading the final walk in a series held on Tooting Common throughout the summer.  Meet at the junction of Garrards Road and Tooting Bec Road, London, SW16, at 2.00 p.m.  For further information see the Events page on this website.

Report:  Six people turned up on a wet afternoon, and five stayed for 90 minutes while we walked along the edge of and then through Streatham Woods, looking at the trees and some other plants found there.  After examining a pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) we stopped in the centre of a rough circle of lime (Tiliaeuropaea) trees which might mark the place where ‘Dr Johnson’s oak’ – in fact an English elm (Ulmus procera) – a ‘mighty’ tree stood, its trunk remaining until 1919.  We were intrigued by a lime with dentate margins, and whitish undersurfaces, to its leaves, which we were unable to identify.  After it was mentioned that we might have become conditioned not to see elm trees since the so many were killed by Dutch elm disease in the late 1960s, we looked up, and there above us was a healthy mature tree!

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