Closing the loop

Beginning of last week we worked on a huge London plane for the city of Basel. It is a rather special tree for a number of reasons…

One, it is a very large, historic specimen, spanning a winding pedestrian alley, as well as the road and tram tracks on either side. Fun fact, the tree must have been planted around 1870 when the old town wall was demolished. The moat was then filled with rubble and in this section had a rather lovely, mixed-species alignment of trees planted on it.

And the second, the blue monstrosity in the background is the block of flats that my parents moved to back when we move to Switzerland from the UK in the early seventies. I have a vivid memory from when I must have been about three or four years old, watching some guys from the balcony were doing tree work right there in the alley. I seem to remember it involving cavities – which makes sense as these were after all the salad days of tree surgery!

I thought this was rather pleasing, talk about closing the loop! I kept an eye open for a kid watching us from one of the balconies, but maybe this was simply too much to ask for.

Fun fact, have a closer look at the first pic more closely: Why on earth would you to to the lengths of renting a top floor flat – to then plant a hedge of Leylandii on the balcony obscuring the view?! Some people will always remain a mystery to me…