Nominated trees

Hardy Tree

London

A number of the tombstones were piled together and an Ash tree was planted at their centre to create an ever evolving monument, or even art installation, that is now known as "The Hardy Tree", and which is one of the true delights and curiosities of, what is now, a built up district which has long been, very much, an integral part of the ever expanding Metropolis.

Whether Hardy was responsible for the tree that bears his name is unclear. But the tree, standing sentry like over the groupings of moss-clad stones that encircle it – some of which are now even embedded in to its trunk – is a fitting memorial to the association between this lovely little park and a young architect who would rise to become one of England's most respected poets and novelists.

Nominated by:
James Elston, Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras

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