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Trees In And Around Nailsea

Tree Names

Tree Names

On reading the book ‘Trees in Your Ground’ (published by the Tree Council and free to registered Tree Wardens) I was intrigued to find the statement ‘the yew ….. has left relatively few examples of its presence in today’s place names’, and I was able to confirm this on consulting my AA gazetteer. I also found that the BT Telephone Directory indicated that no surnames in this area seemed to be directly related to that tree, despite its wide distribution….

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Trees in and around Nailsea by Terry Smith

Trees in and around Nailsea by Terry Smith

Trees in and around Nailsea  by Terry Smith, Price £5 Free PDF Download The book ‘Trees in and around Nailsea’, printed with financial assistance from Nailsea Town Council, describes some of the important trees in our neighbourhood, with historic and contemporary photographs, most in full colour. This 52-page book also has national grid references to guide those interested in locating these trees. The author, who established the nature reserve at Stockway North in 1996 and at Moorend Spout in 2008,…

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Significant trees around the centre of Nailsea 2011

Significant trees around the centre of Nailsea 2011

Species shown on the map ‘Significant trees around the centre of Nailsea’ 2011 For the map Download here Common name Latin name Notes Alpine Laburnum Laburnum alpinum Pendulous with yellow flowers Ash Fraxinus excelsior A native tree Bay Laurus nobilis Flavouring agent in cooking Beech Fagus sylvatica Shallow rooted with good timber Blue Atlantic Cedar Cedrus atlantica glauca From the Atlas mountains in N. Africa Cockspur Thorn Crataegus x prunifolia Cross raised in 1797 Common Lime Tilia x europaea Often…

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Silver Birch (Betula pendula)

Silver Birch (Betula pendula)

Birch trees with silver-grey bark that are a common sight in Nailsea, include the slender Silver Birch. This tree and many of its close relatives are able to survive in very cold climates. The Birch is the national tree of Finland and its habitat extends to Greenland and the Arctic. Birch belongs to the Betulaceae, the family that includes the hazel and the alder. Birch is one of the ‘pioneer’ species that establishes itself on bare or poor soil that…

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Labelling Trees

Labelling Trees

In order to encourage interest by the general public in trees, it is sometimes appropriate to identify them by means of labels, a method often adopted in arboreta. To many people a tree is just that, a tree, – yet how much more interest could be gained by learning some of the rudiments of nomenclature, even if it is only by the common names? In Nailsea we have been trying out various methods for labelling trees, in the knowledge that…

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Trees at Barrow Hospital

Trees at Barrow Hospital

The ancient woodland adjacent to Wild Country Lane was chosen in 1934 as the site for Bristol’s new psychiatric hospital, and building was completed in 1937. Although it was requisitioned as a naval hospital in the Second World War, it reverted to its planned function in 1947. When it was built, it was realized that the hospital site would benefit from close attention to landscaping, probably to compensate for the somewhat uninspiring and utilitarian buildings necessitated by the economic situation…

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Alien Trees in Towerhouse Wood

Alien Trees in Towerhouse Wood

Although Towerhouse Wood is designated as semi-natural ancient woodland, several alien tree species occur, particularly to the north of the main public footpath (W9) that traverses the wood from East to West. Some of these have been deliberately planted, while others are probably escapes from local gardens. The average age of these alien trees appears to be about 50 years. Adjacent to the notice board about half way along the main footpath is a cluster of Gymnosperms, notable among which…

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