Town House will be highlighting the plight of the Bethnal Green Mulberry during Chelsea Fringe with a feature window display. Learn about its history and hear the story of the campaign to save it in a talk at Town House on the 22nd May at 6.30pm.
The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life traces the controversial saga of the Bethnal Green Mulberry, believed to be the oldest tree in the East End. In spite of a Tree Protection Order and designation as a Veteran Tree, Tower Hamlets Council have granted permission to dig it up. Although the Mulberry survived a bomb in World War Two, it is questionable whether it will survive being uprooted by developers who want to build a block of luxury flats. Widely understood to have been planted by Bishop Bonner in 1540, recent research suggests the origin of the Bethnal Green Mulberry may be even earlier.
Free but ticketed, as seats are limited: please book tickets here
(Photo courtesy of Royal London Hospital Archives shows nurses dancing round the tree when it put forth new growth in 1944.)