Paul Wilson, Community Engagement Manager for EastendHomes, writes:
Snowdrops are in full flower along Cable Street, on the St George’s Estate. Planted last autumn by EastendHomes and corporate volunteers, the snowdrops have added to recent greening projects, including the planting of a hazel copse. The hazel catkins (photo below) are also looking lovely this year. There’s cherry blossom out too, on our estates on the Isle of Dogs (photo left).
In addition to looking attractive and providing an early nectar source for bees, the snowdrops are also a nod towards local history. The snowdrop genus was formally named Galanthus by Carl Linnaeus, a follower of whom was Daniel Solander. Solander Gardens is off Cable Street, and is named in honour of the Swedish botanist, who sailed with Captain James Cook, who once lived in Mile End.
All photos by Paul Wilson, click to enlarge