Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and living in Rochester, I can remember this tree… As we walked through the Vines in Rochester heading towards the Castle we would stop off and play around this wonderful. The Catalpa Tree (American Indian Bean Tree) was planted outside Rochester Cathedral was planted over 150 years ago.
And even today it is a tourist attraction and still holds the same magical feel it did when I was a child.
Back in 2015, tragedy hit the tree when it split into two. And a campaign was launched to save the tree. With a bit of pruning, propping and treatment two years later the tree still stands, proud outside of Rochester Cathedral.
This tree is iconic and part of our heritage and I do hope that in years to come this beautiful tree still stands proud between the Castle and the Cathedral.
Here is the front of the Cathedral where you can see the full width of the Catalpa Tree.