In yesterday's blog I briefly recounted a late afternoon stroll I took in the vicinity but made no mention of the trees along the way.
A fine Beech Tree, Fagus sylvatica, stands towards the western end of Christchurch Drive. Many people have rhapsodized about the beauty of the Wild Cherry, a judgement based largely on the tree as seen in full blossom. If, however, we set aside the flowers, then the beech must be one of our loveliest trees.
Beeches produce fine timber, for which the tree is encouraged by foresters to grow tall and straight, but in earlier times coppicing was more frequent, making the foliage and younger branches readily accessible. Our neighbourhood specimen has been coppiced but whether deliberately or by an accident to the leading shoot is anyone's guess. It clearly predates the adjacent houses. As a wild tree the beech may not be native to Northamptonshire but it is certainly native in the south of England; suspicions that it may have been introduced by the Romans were demolished when pollen from 6000 year-old deposits were found in Hampshire.
|A coppiced beech stands near the west end of Christchurch Drive,|
Daventry. 11 April, 2018
This sycamore sports a rich lichen assemblage. Badby Road West,
Daventry. 10 April, 2018