Within a few seconds on Saturday 4th May a part of the pre-history of Brentham was suddenly gone. At about 5.20pm, in the allotments between Brunner Road and Brentham Way there was a terrific vibration as one of the huge Brentham Oaks, around 350 years old, crashed to the ground. Its massive canopy fell into several of the neighbouring gardens, a poplar tree and damaging sheds.
Alex and Neil look on in despair
The owners of the allotment, Alex and Neil Sibley explained that it had been raining, there were gusting winds, and some of the now exposed roots appear to have rotted. Only a few minutes earlier their children were playing on a swing hanging from one of the branches. Luckily they had gone back into their house on Woodfield Crescent when the tree fell, thus avoiding what could have been a terrible tragedy.
In February 2018 – Tony MacKersie
This is how the tree looked in February 2018.
Below is a video of the giant oak minutes before it fell, shown courtesy of Anita Sharda and Tim Sands, whose house overlooked the tree.
Back in 2005 Martin Mortimore interviewed John Bowman, sadly no longer with us, who at that time owned the allotment. The pleasure that the tree brought John is clear in the short film clip below.
The Annual General Meeting of The Brentham Society for the year ending August 2018 will be held at The Brentham Club on
Tuesday 26th February at 8pm.
Our speaker this year is the international authority on John Ruskin and local resident, Robert Hewison. Ruskin and William Morris were the founding fathers of the Arts & Crafts movement which so influenced Brentham Garden Suburb. Robert’s talk: ‘Pleasure in Labour: Ruskin and Morris’ explains why and how they became such influential figures.
Following the talk there will be a review of the year and plans for the coming year. All Brentham Society members are encouraged to attend to voice their views on issues affecting Brentham.
Minutes of last year’s AGM are here and accounts for 2017-18 are here
Refreshments will be served – we look forward to seeing you.
The Brentham Society has a store of reclaimed original Brentham fixtures and fittings – including this handsome bedroom fireplace. If you are doing any renovation work and would like to restore original features, the Brentham Society would be happy for you to put these to good use in return for a small donation.
Following a public vote, Brentham Garden Suburb made it into the Top Ten of the Nation’s Favourite Conservation Areas. We were one of only two areas in London in a national shortlist of 18 out of 249 submissions to Civic Voice’s recent campaign. Other finalists included Swindon Railway Village, Port Sunlight Garden Suburb and Lichfield City Centre. In such illustrious and high profile company it’s a great achievement for Brentham to have finished in 9th place.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us.
Our submission included a profile and history of Brentham, several photos and an edited version of the Brentham Story DVD – now available to watch here.
A full account of the campaign and the results is being prepared for a forthcoming Brentham News.
A must for all new residents and those who wish to have a better appreciation of what makes Brentham so special.
Part of the London Open House event, resident Clive Evans leads an enlightening walk around our streets and through the “twittens” pointing out many architectural features and the hidden gems of Brentham.