7 NOVEMBER 1947, Page 14

Trees Not of Heaven The recommendation of the tree of

heaven as an alternative to the London plane has aroused some well-documented criticism. There was a glorious specimen in a private garden in Golders Green which became notorious. It heaved up the pavement in the adjoining street, interfered with drains and was finally uprooted by the authorities of the garden suburb ; yet even after that suckers spring up in numbers and still con- tinue irrepressible. If this could happen in a private garden, what cannot happen when the tree is planted in boulevards? The avenue of trees of heaven in Meadway, Golders Green, should be critically watched by those who decorate London streets.