Wild About Barrow Trees of the Month for June and July are a Horse Chestnut and a Beech.
June’s tree was nominated by Mr Keith Thomas Lewis and is awarded to the Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) sited at the Millenium Park.
Keith says: trees don't have to be in full leaf to look beautiful. During lockdown I've seen it gain its leaf, lose them and now springing back to life again. Showing that no matter the conditions life will win out. An example that should lift all our spirits. It never looked lovelier that during the heavy snow Barrow had earlier this year. Three cheers for this tree.
And now looking even lovelier in full leaf and flower with every child no doubt looking forward to the wonderful autumn fruits – conkers! It is shocking to learn that this species has a conservation status of near threatened meaning that it is declining. Fortunately we have a number of these wonderful trees in our village.
July’s tree is the Beech (Fagus sylvatica) in the Holy Trinity Memorial Garden. It was nominated for “its sheer grandeur, handsome smooth bark and breathtakingly beautiful canopy.”
This popular tree is often called the queen of British trees and although considered native in the south, is widely planted throughout the country. It was often chosen by Capability Brown and frequently painted by masters such as Gainsborough and Rembrandt.
Beech trees are an important food source for many species.
To find out more about the fabulous wildlife in and around Barrow, go to July 2021 Nature Notes at Wild About Barrow on the Village Website.
If you have a favourite tree, you want to nominate, contact: email@example.com
They’re waiting for your suggestion!