New mulberry tree joins the family

We are delighted to share that we have a new mulberry tree at Mulberry School for Girls.

Mulberry trees were brought to Tower Hamlets by the French Huguenots from the 1570s and our current tree is thought to be up to 400 years old.

Many of the Huguenots were merchants and silk weavers and they brought this trade with them. Silkworms feed on the leaves of mulberry trees and the trees also reminded them of their ancestral home. For us today, mulberry trees symbolise the richness and prosperity brought by migrants and we are thrilled to have a second mulberry tree in our grounds.