Thursday 10 April 2008 3.16pm
It seems to be the flavour of the season in Southwark and Lambeth.
Normally, from my living room, I can see about a third of the London Eye
in the summer and half of it in winter due to the presence of foliage or not.
This has all changed this week as I suddenly realised I could see roughly two thirds of the wheel and most of the Houses of Parliament as the trees between me and these buildings have been pollarded. I have lived in SE1 for almost 15 now and do not recall noticing this practice before.
So, can someone please explain pollarding to me - the reasoning behind it, how long a tree takes to recover, how often it is done, etc?
Thanks in advance.