Christmas trees at the Fruit Tree

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Saturday 12 December 2015 4.10pm
Noticed a sign today outside the Fruit Tree on Great Suffolk Street saying that "The City of London have now decided that we are not allowed anymore" the sales of Christmas trees.

Anyone know the background?

Bit disturbing: does this mean business goes away once again from a local shop to the big enterprises or the internet!?
Sunday 13 December 2015 7.02pm
My understanding is that City of London is the other side of London Bridge!

I got my tree on Friday from Fruit Tree as usually would have got it from Borough Market, would be a shame if they no longer are allowed to sell!
Sunday 13 December 2015 7.13pm
The City of London is the landlord of that parade of shops.

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Sunday 13 December 2015 7.56pm
That's interesting, James.
Do you know how that comes about (that the City owns part of "our" manor)?
I'm guessing it's some ancient thing...

...if you press it, they will come.
Sunday 13 December 2015 7.58pm
Mrs I just reminded me that the flats there are also City flats.
Do other boroughs own places outside their boundaries, I wonder?

...if you press it, they will come.
Zoe
Sunday 13 December 2015 8.42pm
All of the City of London social housing is outside of the city, they have quite a few properties in Southwark for example.

It's actually not that uncommon for boroughs to own a small number of properties in other boroughs, but the city is unusual as it's not really a London borough and none of their housing is in it.
Sunday 13 December 2015 9.25pm
Wonder what the reasoning is behind the bann?
Monday 14 December 2015 1.10am
Zoe . What about the Barbican ?
Monday 14 December 2015 9.54am
I think the CoL also own / manage the Avondale Square Estate off of the Old Kent Rd?
Monday 14 December 2015 11.12am
The City of London Corporation's estates are spread across seven boroughs apparently - Southwark's are here:

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/housing-and-council-tax/council-housing/housing-estates/Pages/Southwark-Estates.aspx

Doesn't answer the question about Christmas trees. I assume it's something to do with selling from the pavement?
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