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Take a leaf out of our book: top five London trees

Posted at 8:15 am, December 4, 2011 in News

Jubilee Bridge Sapling © Rob Greig / Time Out
We’ve pruned five favourites from the urban jungle to satisfy your pastoral cravings, whether you’re the most seasoned arborist or wouldn’t know an oak if it slapped you in the face:

1. Sapling on Jubilee Bridge (above)
Next time you’re crossing the Jubilee Bridge (formerly known as Hungerford), you’ll be closer to nature than you think as a diminutive plane sapling has taken root between the railway and the supporting pylon. This tiny tree has been hanging out seven metres above the Thames for the last four years.
Hungerford Bridge, WC2N 6NS

2. Richmond Royal Oak
Richmond’s answer to Sherwood Forest’s Major Oak, this 750 year old grand dame of the park is perfect for hide and seek and secret reading alike.
North-west corner of Richmond Park, TW10

3. The Cheapside Plane
Bankers no longer commute into the City on horseback, but when they did, they tethered them to this sturdy specimen. So sturdy, in fact, that it withstood a German bomb and prior to that is said to have inspired Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Reverie of Poor Susan.’
Corner of Cheapside and Wood Street, City of London, EC2V 7WS

4. The Osterley Park Cork Oak
This tree brings a touch of the surreal to the landscaped splendour of Osterley Park, with its dripping foliage resembling a late Dali. What’s more, its branches appear to ooze sap, as this cork oak gets to keep its bark rather than having it harvested each decade for bottle stoppers and such like.
Osterley Park, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Hounslow, TW7 4RB

5. The Dorchester Plane
The Dorchester’s famous plane tree dates back to the 1930s and is a Hyde Park landmark. When the Hotel puts on the glitz every Christmas, hundreds of lights are festooned among its branches.
Outside the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA

Have we missed any important leafy Londoners? Comment below.

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