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Lordship Lane, Recreation Ground
Lordship lane recreation ground is just a stones throw away from White Hart Lanes beloved football stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs. and directly opposite Downhills park, and a short walk from Bruce Castle park. Though deep in a concrete jungle, Many green areas with an abundance of life, love and play for city dwellers to find peace in. Lordship lane rec has a skatepark and amphitheatre, dirt bike course, pond and stream, kids play area, road safety education zone, outdoor gym, bike repair shop, small pocket forest and large fields for sunbathing or group sports. A deeper look and over spring and summer you'll see a large bloom of medicinal trees from Hawthorne yo elderberry, and edible berry bushes. So bring your roller-skates and baskets, and forage for fruits or play on the swings. It's a wholesome park with lots to discover. Take time here once you've found our sister saplings and nurture your nature.
Sister sapling Name: Anthony
Description: I am a Hawthorn tree. My bark is brown and grey, rich with twists and knots. I bloom beautiful creamy white or pretty pink flowers. The balance of male and female parts lets me stand tall and independent. Home to many insects and wild life, I use their pollen to bare berries.
Care instructions: I lovingly accept offerings of water, especially in summer. I can grow in almost any soil, but love to be beside my siblings.
Medicinal properties: Use my leaves, berries or flowers to make medicines for blood pressure, digestion, menstruation, anxiety or tape worm. As i am A powerful healer of the heart both phsycially and emotionally, regular dosing of me can lead to a stronger heart and relaxed tension of blood vessles allowing for a freer flow. Decocting my flowers and berries in water will unlock my astringent and anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects, helpful for sore throats.
Spiritual properties: I've been used in ancient pagan symbolism as a symbol for fertility. My wide bloom and tall structure reflects the abundance of spring, and encourage may pole prancers to dance and sing. The symbolism of life stretches through my leaves into my flowers, which may smell like the after life of beings with souls no longer on earth.
Historical context: I am native to the UK, but can be found in north America and Western Asia.
Sister sapling name: Eartha Kitty
Description: I am a Pussy Willow, not to be mistaken with my brother goat willow. My bark is grey/brown but my twigs are red and hairy. My male catkins are furry like little cat paws, and they're ripe with pollen. My female catkins are longer and more green. When the wind blows, it helps pollinates my leaves.
Care instructions: As I am near a stream, I am often hydrated, but sometimes trash and litter can pollute my sacred resources. So please help me stay clean, so I can grow up healthy and strong.
Medicinal properties: My leaves and bark have powerful effects. You can decoct my leaves and bark to treat skin diseases, feverish symptoms, arthritis and diarrhoea. You'd remove some bark in summer to dry in time for winter. I am also helpful to headaches and toothaches and my bark releases salicin. It is often chewed on to help with this pain.
Spiritual properties: Willow trees have a long association in Native American culture with 'inner wisdom'. Many may return to willow trees to mourn people who have passed. They represent strength of age and experience for many. Some Northern Californian tribes carry willow sprigs for protection. Additional properties of the shurbs, flowers, branches are helping accept responsibilities and forgiving people. One can tune into it's properties for letting go of bitterness or resentment. You should decide how to incorporate these intentions into your rituals/ practises/ meditations. Furthermore the emergence of leaves in spring are associated with new beginnings, new moon cycle energy, feminine energy, and love.
Historical context: I am native to Europe and Western Asia, but my style varies and I am found in many countries around the world.
Surrounding siblings 1: Maple tree
Description: I am a Field Maple Tree, My twigs are slender and brown, and develop a corky texture with age. whilst my bark is light brown and flaky. I can grow up to 20 meters tall. My leaves have the famous five lobes and are green and shiny. Their edges are rounded. In autumn they turn to a rich golden yellow. You might spot my siblings in the Canadian flag as we have a similar leaf and are from the same family. I also have flowers which hang in clusters and appear to have male and female reproductive parts. They have short green stems with green and yellow ball shaped flowers at the end. After pollination, my flowers grow into wide wings that get dispersed by the wind. Often to referred to as helicopter seeds as they resemble propellers. I am often confused with a sycamore tree or the Norway maple. A helpful reminder is to remember my rounded leaf edges, much unlike their
Medicinal & edible properties: Though my leaves are popular, I am most known for my sap, which when the water is boiled off, forms are tasty syrup. A common replacement for sugar, and delicious on pancakes
Historical context: I am the only maple tree native to the UK. Though I have indigenous roots in Asia, I can be found in Canada, America, Europe and Africa I am planted in many places from hedgerows to parks and woods. I tolerate pollution well and stand out in autumn for .my colour changing leaves.
Sustainable treatment: As I am popular for the sap that I seep, I can be exploited. I love to grow and provide shelter, food and supplies for all the creatures that need me, like moths, caterpillars, birds and bees. Keep me alive and healthy, and I'll live for 350 years.