This was followed up in 1941 with additional gifts from America to England of a mobile canteen worth $1500 ($21,000 today) to the (at the time) joint towns of Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey. The current location and condition of the mobile canteen are unknown. After the tree died from storm damage, the American Waltham kindly donated a new one in August 1980, which later died. A new tree was planted in recent years, which was ring-barked in 2019 (likely by muntjacs) and died in 2020.
Ironically, today the Amur cork tree is considered a noxious weed by the State of Massachusetts, however there is no doubt that the donation was good-natured!
Residents of Waltham, Mass., U.S.A., have decided to show their sympathy with their namesake town, Waltham Abbey, Essex, by providing, at a cost of 1,500 dollars, a mobile canteen for the use of the joint parishes of Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross. Further practical help is also promised. The American Waltham, a town of about 50,000 inhabitants, takes its name from this Essex locality, from which many of its original settlers came. The news of the gift was read by Mr J. B. Franklin, J.P. who ten years ago, when chairman of the local Urban Council, visited America as the guest of Waltham, Mass., on the occasion of that town's ter- centenary. Some years ago the American city pre- sented an Amur cork tree to Waltham Cross, and this rare plant, the only one of its kind in this country, is flourishing in the Cedars Park, Waltham Cross. A prominent American Walthamite, writing to Mr J. B. Franklin, says: "We Americans admire the gallant fight you Englishmen are making for the cause of democracy."
JOSEPH B. FRANKLIN ESQ.
WALTHAM CROSS HERTS ENGLAND TO
WALTHAM MASS. U.S.A.
MASSACHUSETTS BAY TERCENTENARY
The spelling 'phillodendron' appears to be erroneous and confused with the 'philodendron' plant. The current correct spelling for the tree is phellodendron, however it may have been different in 1930.
(Webmaster's Note: I am not sure of the current location and condition of the plaque.)
Video from March 2020