Euston Station

first tree: horse chestnut

          Euston Station illustrates perfectly how a bland, sterile place can be redeemed by its tree life. If you ever find yourself having to wait for a train that is delayed, or even a train which is on time but not ready to board, you will need some form of a distraction. It so happens that just outside this horrifying sprawl of glass and concrete, which incredibly won architectural awards when it was first built, is quite a creditable collection of trees.

Most people arriving, leave Euston in a hurry. Few stop to look at the trees.

Turkey oak

The greatest beauty is when nature and architecture merge. Not at Euston: the beauty of the trees is blurred by the horrors of what man has done to the site.

Buses pass by hundreds of times a day. How many of the passengers stop to gasp?

              There is an area of green right in front of the station on the Euston Road. It is actually called Euston Square, though most people associate Euston Square with the underground station which is about fifty yards further to the west down the Euston Road. You will see that the square is divided into two main sections by an entrance for buses where once the great Euston arch stood, before it was controversially pulled down in the sixties to make way for the current 'prize winning' complex. It turned out that the particular feature of the new station which required the arch to be destroyed was scrapped before building began, so the demolition was pointless. Thankfully the trees on this site where spared, because there are some exceptional specimens.

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Trees at Euston:


all the trees are located in front of Euston station.

horse chestnut

ash

fig

whitebeam

red oak

tree of heaven

Turkey oak

sumac