Erection date: 2013
This mulberry tree marks the site of the house where Millicent Garrett Fawcett, women's rights campaigner, & Henry Fawcett, statesman, lived, 1874 - 1884.
Jointly sponsored by the South London Fawcett Group & Friends of Vauxhall Park.
We're not experts so we'll accept that the tree is a mulberry. And the tree engraved on the plaque - we'll accept that that is an older version of the same thing. It's the acorn engraved at the base that confuses us. Perhaps the acorn signifies that the Fawcetts' activities were the beginnings of something much greater.
2023: Polly Freeman, Trustee of the FOVP kindly wrote with extra information: "The tree on the plaque is the symbol of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies which Millicent Fawcett led during the campaign to give women the vote. The tree behind the plaque is indeed a mulberry tree (white variety). Henry Fawcett talked in his memoirs about sitting beneath the mulberry trees in his garden in Vauxhall. We have recently named our new sensory garden after the Fawcetts to remember in particular Henry who was visually impaired."