Elm Trees return to Bolsover Street

The W1W Tree Planting Initiative has returned two Elm trees to Bolsover Street as part of the Bolsover phase of the initiative with a ceremonial planting by celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh.

Elms were last seen here in the mid 1850s and the location is special because it is believed Lord Byron once spent time in their shade  perhaps even inspiring him. The report from Old and New London is below.

Conservation Foundation director David Shreeve joined the planting ceremony. He said, “We are delighted that our friends in W1W Planting Initiative have chosen to replant elms very near to their original position in Bolsover Street. London has a rich heritage of elm and let's hope these new elms prove worthy neighbours of the magnificent Huntingdon elm, on the list of London's greatest trees in nearby Marylebone High Street.”

Old and New London: Volume 4 (1878) reported,  

"The neighbourhood of Great Portland Street, towards the upper end, is largely the home of artists and sculptors' studios; and on the southern side of the Euston Road the marble-yards are not unlike the Piccadilly of a century ago. Clipstone Street and Carburton Street, in this neighbourhood, are both named after villages belonging to the ducal estate; the former in Nottinghamshire, and the latter in Northamptonshire.

"Facing the New Road, in the garden of the top house on the east side of what was formerly known as Norton Street, but is now styled Bolsover Street, a few yards east of the top of Great Portland Street, were two fine elm-trees, standing as lately as the year 1853. It was said by the late Mr. Robert Cole, to whom the house then belonged, that Lord Byron had once spent an evening under their shade."

Listen to what David Shreeve had to say about the W1W Tree Planting initiative below

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