Good things come in trees

Earlier this week the tree planting programme began at the Model Boating Pond. Approximately 186 trees and shrubs are to be planted across the Heath to replace trees which were removed in February 2015 to build the scheme. These are all native species and include varieties such as oak, elm, black poplar, willow and hawthorn. Their locations have been selectecd by the Heath’s ecology and conservation team.

At Model Boating Pond eight of the trees have come from our own nursery at Kenwood so have been grown from seed on the Heath.

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Planting a black poplar

These trees include:

  • two black poplars.  A broadleaf deciduous tree native to the UK and Europe. It is also the most endangered native tree in Britain. Mature trees grow to 30m and can live for 200 years. The bark is dark brown but often appears black, and is thick with numerous fissures and burrs.
  • five disease resistant elms. A deciduous tree native to southern and eastern Europe. These have been specially bred to be resistant to Dutch Elm disease. Mature trees grow to 30m and can live for more than 100 years. The bark is grey brown, rough and fissured, often with suckers growing from the base of the trunk. Three of these elms have been planted on the new island.
  • one oak. English oak is arguably the best known and loved of British native trees. It is a large deciduous tree up to 20-40m tall and can live for more than 200 years.Their smooth and silvery brown bark becomes rugged and deeply fissured with age. Oak tree growth is particularly rapid in youth but gradually slows at around 120 years.

One lime, three hawthorns and three osier willows will also be planted at this pond. We also intend to plant a further eight oak saplings in the Tumulus Field along the line of a former ancient hedgerow.

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