Some still remember the huge elm tree on Half Moon Lane which lived beyond 400 years. With a hollow trunk measuring 6 to 11 metres in diameter, it was said to afford sitting room for twelve people. Its latter years saw its trunk wrapped in chains in a desperate bid to hold it together, until sadly one day not too long ago it had to go.

Take heart, for every tree lost, a local volunteer is out there planting a new one.

Herne Hill Heritage Trail, pg 68


• Gable of 24 Half Moon Ln