Putting the Spotlight on our Mulberry Heritage
Some of London’s oldest trees will be coming under the spotlight thanks to a new campaign - Morus Londinium - created by The Conservation Foundation with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Morus is the species name for Mulberry trees which originated in Persia and known to have been planted in London as far back as the 17th century. Some, both black and white mulberries, are still living having witnessed many changes in London’s heritage.
The new project follows a number of Conservation Foundation’s tree campaigns including Ulmus Londinium, Ulmus Maritime and We Love Yew all supported by HLF and designed to encourage greater awareness of community trees.
A number of activities are planned during the next two years including walks visiting mulberry trees both public and private led by Peter Coles. Peter, a mulberry enthusiast, who lectures at Goldsmiths College, approached the Foundation last year with a plea for it to help promote the amazing story of the mulberry. The first tour is being arranged to be part of this year’s Chelsea Fringe.
Many of London’s mulberries date back to them being planted to support the silk industry, but they were also known to have a number of other benefits including treatments for blood and kidneys, the premature greying of hair and skin issues. They are used by London’s Iranian, Turkish, Indian and Syrian communities. The fruit, which appears in the summer, is popular for cooking and jams.
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