Went to see On The Road at Duke of York’s cinema. On the way I crossed the Rose Walk at The Level and was asked to sign a petition to save “Caisie’s tree”. Caisie was killed, aged seventeen, in Jamaica last year whilst on holiday. Her friends are using a silver birch tree at the Level as a memorial. It has ribbons and other decorations hanging from its branches and stacked around and on the trunk of the tree. The council have closed the park to refurbish it. Their plan is to cut down the roses and birch trees on the Rose Walk and replace them. I signed the petition.
The story of the tree kept coming back to my mind. The tree’s identity has been changed by the friends of the dead girl. It is suffocated with decorations.