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Tree dressing in Walthamstow

On Saturday 7 December 2019 trees in Lime [Tilia europaea] Tree Walk, near Walthamstow Central station, in London, were dressed late in the afternoon.  The event organised to draw the public’s attention to the fact that an avenue of ’81 healthy and mostly mature trees’, are threatened due to redevelopment.

Although not a traditional event here, it was  promoted as part of National Tree Dressing Week, which was initiated by the environmental group Common Ground in 1990, and initially enjoyed some popularity, although it has received little attention in recent years.  Passers-by were invited to take red ribbons, some with red hearts attached, to show their love for the trees.  These people seemed to agree that the trees should be saved, but unfortunately there were not many people around in the immediate area.

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