Kings Cross great moss

kings cross moss

IMG_1487In today’s winter light the mossy fringe on Kings Cross’s buttresses stood out particularly vividly. It’s lovely to see some natural growth in what is a harsh canyon, despite the trees on the East side. And in the warm weather it seems to be growing vigorously.  It’s always good for an old lady to have moss on her buttresses – anyone know what variety it is? And is it flowering in a mossy-way?  Let’s hope Network Rail don’t kill it off – the buttresses are an odd part of the station – put in to shore things up in the arches fairly early in the station’s life.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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4 Responses to Kings Cross great moss

  1. I noticed all this wonderful moss and it’s green hue this morning on my way to the station..and when I got this update it was like you read my mind! lol

  2. Stuart Cottis says:

    This moss is dreadful especially since Network Rail recently attended to the point work etc. in the bricks and mortar. It should be removed asap.

  3. Over at Wild About Britain the sphagnum experts have identified the moss as the common Tortula muralis. Reading the document Claire kindly posted it seems likely that the moss is growing here because the brickwork is porous and saturated – indeed it is on the more or less horizontal bits. So it’s a wider issue than just pointing.

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