Cambridge 2000: Victoria Avenue

Description: Victoria Avenue: Horse Chestnut trees
Date built: 1890s
Victoria Avenue map for Victoria Avenue
Date photograph taken: 14 May 2000 (Alternative map: Google map)

One of the few wide roads in Cambridge, and with no permanently occupied buildings along it south of the bridge. It is lined with Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) trees, planted in the 1890s. All in all it is one of the most pleasant roads to drive or cycle along.

In the last couple of years traffic has increased markedly along this road because of the closure of Bridge Street. There has also been a bus lane added on the west side, which would be bad for cyclists were it not for the fact that there are not that many buses. On Sundays cars are allowed to park in the bus lane.

The markings on the right hand side of the road in the photograph are 2 meters apart and are for a speed camera which was added in 2000 (but on the other side of the road, so these markings are superfluous). The local government put up many such cameras around Cambridge starting in the late 1990s.

In the high winds of 12 March 2008, one of the Horse Chestnut trees to the left, just behind the frame of view of the photo, fell over.

From the mid-2000s, the trees here, as elsewhere in Cambridge and England, started to suffer from the leaf-mining moth (Cameraria ohridella), which made the leaves go brownish in the summer. The small tree at the right, which is red-flowered, was not that impacted.

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