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Wanstead Plane policy


The pruning of London Plane trees is often a startling and stark sight, especially when they are “pollarded”, as with the examples above on Wanstead High Street. It’s a kind of tree, much loved in these parts, which responds particularly well to this very severe pruning. But Wansteadium cannot have been alone in wondering whether just after the start of the growing season is the right time of year for pollarding to take place. We’ve tried to get in touch with the borough’s arborecultural officer to get the expert view, but without success. Anyone with answers is welcome to add comments below.


Wanstead weekend photo, LXXIX

Geoff Wilkinson writes on Wanstead Daily Photo: “Now here’s a thing that always intrigues me when I pass through Voluntary Place. I know that the pair of doors on the left lead to someone’s garden but what about this pair of black doors on the right? There appears to be a factory type building behind them but I have never seen them open or any activity there. Is it a factory, converted into something else, who knows?”


The New Wanstead Talk is here

newwansteadtalklogo1Wansteadium has relaunched its messageboards, Wanstead Talk, using completely different software. Hopefully it will work this time.

To start things off, there are three forum areas in Wanstead Talk: Recommended Traders, Wanstead Shops & Restaurants, and General Wanstead Stuff. Within those three areas, users can start any number of individual topics.

It’s free to take part, of course, and there is but one house rule: since this is Wanstead, keep it civilised. Anyone who had a login for the previous Wanstead Talk system should be able to use it by logging in on the right of this page (or, if you’re using a phone, at the bottom). You can reset passwords if you can’t remember yours. And new users can register easily.

Click here to get started.


Farewell Blush Temples. Hello to…

photo (30)…a dry cleaner, apparently. That’s what’s lined up for the Blush Temples site, according to good sources.


Door-fishing warning update

Rebecca, from the Counties (those roads in Wanstead which are named after counties, like Warwick, Rutland, Leicester etc) wrote on Wansteadium on Tuesday about a “door-fishing” attempt she had suffered in which a burglar had attempted to hook car keys through her letter box. On Wednesday she sent this update:

Thanks for putting my last email up on your site. I’m afraid to say that at 5am, we were the victims of a break and entry. The crooks used a crowbar to force open a sash window and climbed into our lounge after failing to force open our front door.

They didn’t take anything as I was able to shout and scare them away but once again a warning. Advice from the police officers that people might want: Always lock front door from inside (obviously put key in safe place in case of fire).

The lovely sash windows which look so pretty are not particularly secure. Ours were locked but think about reinforcing with more than one as they can easily be forced open.

Not very cheerful news on this gorgeous day but I would hate for anyone to feel threatened in their home like we did last night.

She later wrote to us to say police had told them one or more persons were helping with their inquiries.