Tag Archives: Trees

Hazel flowers

Nic Cairns sent in some excellent close-ups of Hazel (Corylus avellana) in flower, taken at St.Ann’s Community Orchard.

Firstly, the male flowers (catkins), not yet fully open …..

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The distinctively-shaped buds and finely hairy twigs that characterise Hazel can be seen in this photo.

Nic also sent in an image of a spectacular (if tiny) female flower…

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Thanks, as ever, to Nic for his contribution.


Tree blossom at Ecoworks

Nic Cairns sent in some fine photos of trees in blossom, taken at Ecoworks Community Garden…..

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The blossom shown is all on cultivated trees (Cherry, Apple and Plum) rather than natives – but such flowers are still of great value for pollinating insects such as bees and hoverflies, and a flowering fruit tree can be a worthwhile contribution to any wildlife garden.  Thanks to Nic for the photos.

Dead Chestnut at Bramcote Hills Park

I’ve applauded the managers of Bramcote Hills Park in the past for their positive attitude towards retaining deadwood as a habitat.  I spotted another example on a recent visit….


This Sweet Chestnut trunk (identifiable as such by the distinctive spirals) has been retained as a feature, and will be add biodiversity value to the park – note the small white fungi colonising the spiral grooves, for instance.  Every park should have features like this!

Fall and rise again….

Here’s an interesting tree, photographed in the woodland at Bramcote Hills Park….


It’s a fallen Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) that is very much alive; enough roots have remained anchored into the soil so that a side branch from the original trunk has been able to grow vertically to form a new trunk.  There’s no reason why this downed tree should not continue to thrive for many years to come.

Trees in flower

Regular contributor Nic Cairns sent these interesting close-ups of tree flowers :

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Hawthorn (May) blossom is a familiar and prominent part of the landscape at this time of year, Holly flowers perhaps less so.  Thanks to Nic for the photos, taken at St.Anns Allotments.

Hazel female flowers

To accompany his photo of Hazel catkins from a couple of weeks ago, Nic Cairns has contributed an image of the female flowers….

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The female flowers are much smaller and less conspicuous than the prominent male catkins, but quite striking when spotted.  They will be pollinated via wind by another Hazel, (an individual plant cannot self-pollinate), and will then develop into the familiar nuts.

Thanks to Nic for the photo, taken at Ecoworks Community Garden.

Hazel Catkins

One of the very first harbingers of spring is the appearance of catkins on Hazel trees (Corylus avellana).  Here’s a close-up from Nic Cairns, taken on St.Ann’s Allotments……

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The catkins, also known as “lamb’s tails”, are spikes of male flowers, which dangle in the wind and allow the hazel pollen to be distributed.  Thanks to Nic for the photo.


Here’s another photo from Nic Cairns – an extreme close-up of flowers of the Elder tree….


I like this unusual view of the flowers, which was taken on the St. Anns allotments. Thanks Nic!

Dead wood habitat in Bramcote Hills Park

In Bramcote Hills Park, a 200-year old Beech Tree has fallen, and been allowed to stay in place.  An enclosure has been created within which the large tree can slowly decompose naturally; the enclosure also forms an area of habitat for wildflowers.



It’s good to see a tree being left like this in a public park – fallen dead wood is too often removed in an urge to “tidy up”.  Deadwood is extremely important for biodiversity, and it is often in short supply in our woodlands, so the way that this tree has been retained (and turned into an informative feature) is very welcome.

Nearby in the park, another dead Beech tree has been left unfelled as standing dead wood.


It seems Bramcote Hills Park has set a good example of thoughtful park management for conservation with these dead trees….