10 December 2013

Stumped in North London

I have been noticing a lot of cut-down trees around here since the storm earlier this year.
It would be a really nice idea if they could be carved into nice sculptural pieces as per this one just off Essex Rd*

Above are some of the tree stumps in N7 and N19 – note the one bottom left which not only has been painted, but sports some strange drilled holes. I checked on Google Streetview and it seems these holes were there before, so perhaps someone was already trying to kill the tree and the storm finished it off...?
The pic bottom right is a large pre-storm stump at a bus stop in Holloway Road. The bin men must have just been there 5 minutes earlier because there's usually a load of rubbish bags leaning against it.

Finally, here are two trees that help me to understand where the term "Mother Nature" comes from; the one on the left is in N19 and the other in Russell Square. 

* I happened to recognise TWRJ in the street a few weeks ago. I introduced myself and we walked and talked – what a nice bloke.


  1. hollow them a nd turn them into street planters.

  2. Great idea. I am sure that if these were in the area just south of the Nags Head junction in Holloway this would have happened already as there is a lit of guerilla street gardening happening around there.
    See here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=787312171294866&set=pb.100000482711461.-2207520000.1387103869.&type=3&theater
    and here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=717025738323510&set=pb.100000482711461.-2207520000.1387103902.&type=3&theater


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