Hardy Ash

Three trees in Camden were given status as Great London Trees by Trees for Cities in 2008.

 

The Hardy Ash

 

The Hardy Ash is a particular fine example of a species native to Britain and known as the Tree of Kings to the Vikings. Ash trees are typically 20-35m tall with smooth bark and long, pointed leaves.

 

King’s Cross was being regenerated in the 1860s. At this time the exhumation of human remains and the removal of tombs was supervised by the architect Blomfield, although he delegated much of this unpleasant task to his young protégé Thomas Hardy. The tree has since grown around the gravestones.

 

The Old Saint Pancras Church, where the tree is located, is probably the oldest Church in Britain. It was named after Saint Pancras, a Roman martyr killed in 304 AD at the age of 14.

 

Great Trees in Camden

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