HC Deb 18 July 1881 vol 263 cc1133-4

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether his attention has been directed to the serious injury done to many of the trees in St. James's Park on the side nearest to the Bird Cage Walk by large heaps of rubbish having been deposited against them; whether he is aware that many of those trees are dead, and that others are dying; by whom, and with whose authority, the rubbish has been so deposited; and, whether he is prepared to take immediate steps for the preservation of the trees which are still suffering from the formation of the mounds about them?


, in reply, said, this "rubbish," which consisted of the mud taken from the bottom of the lake in Buckingham Palace Gardens, was placed in St. James's Park 13 years ago, and as its removal would cost £2,000, and the trees which it was supposed to injure were now hopelessly be- yond recovery, he did not think it worth the expenditure to remove it.