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Meet our resident oak tree!

Submitted by Studios on Fri, 02/03/2018 - 15:01

It's day 2 of the Bow Arts #SustainabilityWeek, and we have braved the winter weather to take measurements of our very own Bow Arts oak tree.

We planted the oak tree on Bow Road in 2017 in the attempt to make our corner of London a little greener. Planting more trees across the capital will support biodiversity, reduced flood risk & make our city more beautiful. Oak tree growth is particularly rapid in youth but gradually slows at around 120 years. Oaks are generally regarded as having more associated species of wildlife than any other native trees in England. These species range from bacteria to fungi, lichens, algae, mosses, vascular plants, invertebrate animals, birds & mammals.

Trees bring real benefits to our cities, our health and our wellbeing. Each year London’s trees remove 2.4 million tonnes of air pollution, including carbon dioxide, dust and other gaseous toxins. Trees are vital to our ecosystem and prevent severe illness caused by airborne pollutants.

Help London become the world’s first #NationalParkCity in 2019. This is a historic opportunity to improve life in London by making the capital #greener, #wilder and #healthier.


For the record, the measurements taken today were:

Trunk circumference: 14.5 cm

Height: 206 cm

Canope girth: 146 cm


We will re-measure the tree again in one year’s time to track its growth.