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From the street trees of Viaduct Rise to the elm avenues of The Level: a history of public planting


London Road Rail Station, Shaftesbury Place, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN1 4QS


Join Maire McQueeney and friends for a walk featuring the trees of the Ditchling Rise area to The Level to understand the history of public planting. Have you ever looked up at our street trees and wondered when and why they were planted? A fundamental part of our Victorian streetscape, our street trees are now under pressure from disease, changing climate and the different ways we use our streets, but they are still much appreciated by residents.


This walk starts at London Road Station, Shaftesbury Place, in the heart of ‘Viaduct Rise’ which was built as a middle-class suburb in the last quarter of the 19thcentury. We head through tree-lined streets to The Level with its famous avenue of elms and fascinating history as a fair-ground, a cricket pitch, a ‘pleasure garden’ and 1920s park, complete with mock-classical features. We finish at the McClaren Pavilion, a recent renovation of the original 1920s structure, which now houses an exhibition based on oral histories of the park. Trees, public planting and local history will be our themes – do come and join us!


Walk led by Maire McQueeney


● Sunday 22 September: 1200-1300

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