Saturday, 24 March 2012

Not only lines of trees

A lime tree avenue has replaced the former avenue of elm, Stora Uppåkra, Sweden

Along our streets and roads, we can even today see the heritage of the Baroque era in the form of countless rows of trees. Although it of course sometimes can be appropriate with an avenue, we could also plant different-sized groups of different-sized trees at varying distances from each other, together with shrubs and flowering herbaceous plants. 

Nowadays when nearly all nurseries only prune trees to be suitable for avenues or street environments, it is even hard to find beautiful, natural grown specimen for natural plantings. That is a pity.

Replanting Vendelsö Avenue. Photo: Jenny Blom

Vendelsö Avenue in Haninge south of Stockholm was planted at the end of the 1800's and is a mixed double line of elm, maple, ash and lime. Some trees had to been cut down for security reasons and a supplementary planting has been carried out during last season.

Of course we shall preserve and maintain old, existing avenues. They have a cultural and historical value as well as a great importance for biodiversity.

But when we are going to plant along the roads again, we could actually try to live a little bit more in our own time and create dynamic and more diverse roadsides.

Why alone on a row?




9 comments:

  1. Tree-lined roads are certainly beautiful. Still they are car-corridors, predominently for human use. I agree with you that more variety in shape, size and color would still fill the order. It would also better serve as biocorridor. I think the expression would then be "win-win"!

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  2. Much prefer tree lined roads, makes such a difference to the area. In particular in towns and cities a tree lined road is far more attractive than a road with just houses and concrete!

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  3. I see your point. Over here in the US it's rather rare to see a tree lined road so when one is encountered, it has a striking effect. We lack that European tradition. I drive from NYC to western New Jersey twice every week, and I love knowing that at least 20 miles of my travel on Interstate 78 will be through wooded hills and small mountains, mostly still kept in their naturalistic state even though the area is heavily populated.

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  4. Most in USA wouldn't know what you mean about buying their trees pruned 'natural'.

    Many neighbood roads are lined with old dogwoods, planted by another generation. They are dying due to natural lifespan.

    Doubt many will be replanted by this generation.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  6. This is the road where man may want to lost. This is so beautiful.
    I can imagine how beautiful they look in spring.

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  8. Have to agree with Mark and Gaz - tree line roads are great in towns and suburbia. They add another dimension to streets with houses as well as privacy.

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  9. I love the look for tree lines. Not only do they have a neat, clean look to them but they really make for a great feeling when you drive down through them. One of my favorite areas to travel is to Savannah because of their lined tree roads. http://www.onlineplantnursery.com/trees/

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