Tree damage

Email from 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.

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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.

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