The pruning of London Plane trees is often a startling and stark sight, especially when they are “pollarded”, as with the examples above on Wanstead High Street. It’s a kind of tree, much loved in these parts, which responds particularly well to this very severe pruning. But Wansteadium cannot have been alone in wondering whether just after the start of the growing season is the right time of year for pollarding to take place. We’ve tried to get in touch with the borough’s arborecultural officer to get the expert view, but without success. Anyone with answers is welcome to add comments below.