Smithfield Market, London

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, I bring a whole new level of credibility to the proceedings: A tree in London.

There were a few on top of this building – which is one end of Smithfield Market in London.

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You will notice that most of the pictures are more likely to be of shrubs than trees. Looking at the definition of a tree:

“woody plant having one erect perennial stem (trunk) at least three inches in diameter at a point 4-1/2 feet above the ground, a definitely formed crown of foliage, and a mature height of at least 13 feet.”

It seems unlikely we will see many genuine examples, but you never know.

As such, I think a sturdy shrub or sapling is just as acceptable – but something like a Himalayan Balsam doesn’t count. Having said that, if it’s on a nice building then it doesn’t really matter.

Hanover St, Liverpool

A few more from Liverpool – these were along Hanover Street (I had a meeting near Albert Dock and they were on my way back to the train station).

The architecture of Liverpool really is something to behold. I worked in Liverpool on and off for a couple of years and used to enjoy wondering around taking it all in.

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Unusual sighting – a tree on a residential building

This is just outside the centre of Manchester near Great Ancoats. It didn’t used to be a very good area, but recent developments mean it seems to be improving.

This is particularly unusual, although I suppose now chimneys tend to be blocked off maybe we will see more trees growing out of residential buildings. Perhaps they could put lights around it and a little fairy on top too.