Trees are too often an undervalued part of our local heritage and personal histories. The willow above, in the Marriage Garden at Brent (formerly Wembley) Town Hall, probably appears in thousands of wedding albums across generations.
According to the Lycee security officer I spoke to the tree came down in the recent storm.
After the Town Hall was sold-off by Brent Council to the Lycee International des Londres Winston Churchill it became part of the children's playground and doubtless figured large in their creative play and exploration.
The storm occurred after the school broke up for the summer holiday so children will return to find a large gap in their playground. This was the scene today.
Wembley is well endowed with mature willows with local doctors' surgeries and playcentres named after them.
There is a magnificent specimen, in need of a trim, just behind the Lycee in Greenhill Way:
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