Tree: Royal Canadian Air Force - WW2 HQ, Tree, 1998
Erection date: 14/5/1998
Canadian Maple (Acer Saccharum).
This tree was planted by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien Prime Minister of Canada in the company of Councillor Ray Adamson, Mayor of Camden on Thursday 14 May 1998.
The tree is dedicated to the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who were stationed in Lincoln's Inn Fields during the Second World War.
(The tree was donated by Thames Water Services)
Site: Royal Canadian Air Force - WW2 HQ (4 memorials)
WC1, Lincoln's Inn Fields, 20 - 28
This is now a 3-part memorial: a building to the north of Lincoln's Inn Fields and, in the public gardens, a small monument and a tree, all three having their own plaque in English and French. In our photograph the building can be seen behind the memorial and the tree (outside the picture) is the other side of the path. The tree, the monument and its short ceremonial path line up, pointing at the door of the building.
The ceremonial planting of the now unmarked 1946 tree was brought to our attention by Benjamin Moogk via Facebook. He sent us two links to British Pathe films on Youtube: film 1, film 2 the first of which gives a close up of the plaque.
Certainly the plaque is gone, but the tree survived - planted between the road and the path and slightly to the east of the building entrance there is a tree with maple-shaped leaves and, with a girth appropriate, as far as we can guess, for 70 years of growth.