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Commemorative Tree Planting

Our park is full of old and interesting trees. Ranging from the 500 year old veteren Oaks on the slope by King Georges Field, to the ghost tree in the middle of the wetlands and many others of interest in Hilbert Woods.

The Veteren Trees overlooking King Georges Field

In order to celebrate the founding of the Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park we have arranged to add to our collection with some new trees of interest and significance. So on Saturday 10th March we will gather near the oast house with local schools and other groups to plant 5 trees:

Royal Oak Sapling (Quercus robur) - This is a very special oak sapling having been grown from acorns gathered, from a royal estate, our bit of the Royal in the park.

Common Oak (Quercus robur) - The common, pedunculate, or English, oak is the commonest tree in southern and central British broadleaved woods. Throughout Europe it has been the predominant timber tree since prehistoric time. It is the stuff of English legends “Hearts of Oak are our ships, Hearts of Oak are our men” cannot not be more appropriate.

Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) - The Common beech is often seen as a feminine tree and particularly elegant examples may earn the name 'Queen beech'

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) - The hornbeam is an abundant tree in southern and eastern England, but is probably the least-known of the common woodland trees.

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) - The silver birch is a graceful and attractive tree with its light airy foliage and distinctive white peeling bark.

Once planted, the saplings will probably remain dormant until Spring has well and truly sprung. We will need to ensure the trees do not dry out over the summer months; this is going to be critical if the summer is like 2011. We, with the help of others, will have to look after the trees until they become fully established.

Over the years these Oaks will grow into large trees of between 20-40m high ready to take over from the exisiting vetererns when they finally succumb to the ravages of time, for which I am sure the FoGH of the future will thank us. The other trees will provide some variety in this corner of the park.


J.P. Lambert

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