photographed by Luiza Bell
The park’s oak trees have produced more acorns this year than any of us can ever remember. These periodic bumper harvests are called mast years.Continue reading
There is a Chinese wingnut tree (Pterocarya stenoptera) in the Arboretum.Continue reading “Wingnut”
This is fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) found, rather unusually, under a willow tree in the park; birch and pine are its preferred partners.Read on:
This year the park’s spindle trees have produced a bumper crop of poisonous, bright pink berries.
We have precious elm saplings, resistant to Dutch elm disease, that will need to be planted out in the park soon.Continue reading
Salix is the genus name of willow, trees known and cultivated for millennia for their medicinal properties.Continue reading “Salix”
More about our oaks.Continue reading “Oak gall ink”
A whip is a slender, unbranched shoot or plant. This term is used in forestry to refer to unbranched young tree seedlings of approximately 0.5-1.0 m (1 ft 7 in-3 ft 3 in) in height and 2–3 years old, that have been grown for planting out.
There are three kinds of pigment in a usually green leaf: carotenes which are yellow, red and pink anthocyanins, and chlorophyll, which is the green that masks the other colours until autumn.
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.Read on:
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:
Email from email@example.com to Rich Murphy, Tree and Woodland Officer.
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.
These are the flowers of an oak tree. Oaks are monoecious; they have male flowers and female flowers on the same tree.Continue reading “Oak flowers”
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.Continue reading
Field or hedge maple (Acer campestre) photographed yesterday at the top of Simpson’s Field.
By Ian Bushell
Southwick Country Park has a number of veteran oaks and ten ancient oaks. There are no hard and fast rules about when and why an oak tree becomes classified as veteran or ancient; in different environments and soils oaks grow at different rates and girth is only an indicator. Here the underlying Oxford clay provides an excellent medium and the trees are large and shapely.Continue reading “The Park’s Veteran Oaks”
Where are our disease resistant elm saplings?Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Mail from Ian Bushell:Continue reading “A Stroll in the Park”
The Woodland Trust has given us 420 sapling trees: rowan, dogwood, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel and wild cherry.Continue reading “Trees”