Spindle berries

This year the park’s spindle trees have produced a bumper crop of poisonous, bright pink berries.

Acorns

Oak trees produce thousands of acorns every year. Somebody has worked out that an oak tree can produce ten million acorns over its lifetime. In a good year, they carpet the ground under the tree.

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Oak number 5526

Message from Ian Bushell.

Sad to report that Oak number 5526, dubbed Stoat Oak, in the hedge line between Corn and Sleeper Fields has suffered a two limb loss – the large upper branch taking out the lower one on its descent.  The fallen branch is safe and not impinging on the hard path.

No idea why; admitted it is in full leaf and thus heavy but there has been no wind or rain in the last couple of days. This tree lost a limb about the same place about 10 years ago. Don’t think there have been any other losses in the park this summer.


More from Ian about the park’s oak trees:

Tree damage

Email from friendsofscp@outlook.com to Rich Murphy, Tree and Woodland Officer.

Hello Rich,
Is it vandals or deer that have damaged this tree so badly? We suspect deer but it would be unusual at this time of year when there is so much new grass around. We defer to your expertise.
FoSCP

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“Shed not a clout till may be out…”

It’s not an instruction to keep your coat on until June; it’s telling you that you can take your cardigan off once the may is in blossom, which has been known to happen as early as April.

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Horse chestnut

The horse chestnut tree near the park’s main entrance gate is in flower.

Field maple flowers

Field or hedge maple (Acer campestre) photographed yesterday at the top of Simpson’s Field.

A walk in the Park

by Ian Bushell

I took my permitted exercise at the park over lunchtime. There were just eight cars when I arrived at noon and only fifteen when I left an hour later.  People were well spaced all around the park; everybody seems to be taking the new regulations seriously.

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