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  • Tree Survey

    Tree Survey, 5 April

    Hi All, On Saturday April 5th we recorded by the ancient Hedgerow and along the railway line in Area 1, where bramble contrived to trip us up at every turn. We found a woodpecker feast of a standing dead stump surrounded by high brambles, sycamores, beeches, hybrid black poplars, a lime and a False Acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia, aka Black Locust). Peter told us that the wood from this member of the pea family is so hard that it was used for making nails. Bluebells and cow parsley thrive in this little woodland area and we also spotted masses of pignut. On the way, we stopped by the hollow ash to…

  • Tree Survey

    March 1 Tree Survey

    On Saturday we surveyed the Beech Copse in Area 4. John and Diana have counted 42 trees there and we mapped out the larger ones – mostly beech but also oak, horse chestnut and poplar. One tree had extensive graffiti carved into the bark. It looked like the incomprehensible ramblings of someones notebook in 1984. There was also a tree marked 1884. Quite a bit of tree hugging went on after Diana gave us the following information which relates to ancient trees of each species: Woodland Trust Info: An adult hug + 1.5 metres Ancient Trees: Oak-3 hugs Beech-2 Scots Pine-2 Rowan-1 Birch-1 Hawthorn-1 Cedar of Lebanon-4 Field Maple-1 Sweet…

  • Tree Survey

    Tree Survey Gadget

    Next Saturday at the Tree Planting we want to show people what the tree survey is about, so we’ll be displaying some of the data and doing little demonstrations of tree identification. One of the more challenging parts of surveying a tree is calculating its’ height. There are various ways of doing this ranging from finger estimates to fancy gadgets. The typical method involves calculating the vertical side of a right triangle. The easiest of those methods involves sighting a 45 degree line from the ground to the top of a tree. A viewing angle of 45 degrees means that the horizontal distance to the tree base is the same…

  • Events,  Nature

    Update on Tree Planting Scheme

    It’s been a while since we wrote anything detailed about the Trees for Life planting scheme, so this post is set to give a broad outline and the latest details. Planting Scheme Last July, Bob Blackaby put in a Trees for Life bid for 15 trees. This was approved in October. Since then we have added 3 more trees to the scheme, and have been invited to request another dozen or more. We have made arrangements with Sue Amey of the Parks Department to have the initial 18 trees planted by the maintenance crew. We have also been making arrangements for a tree planting ceremony and follow-on events mainly with…

  • News,  Tree Survey

    February 3 Tree Survey

    We had a good morning session surveying on Saturday, skipping between 3 areas. This was to include a few trees that might form part of a tree trail linking with the Kings Heath Floral Trail and the Walk 2000 Route. Yes ! We have got the money to do this! So full speed ahead. We noted the fallen Lombardy poplar that has sprouted all along the trunk and has a pool of water in the root hole. Also oaks and horse chestnut next to the path in Area 1 and then a brisk walk to Area 4 where a large standing stump, possibly of ash, appears to have succumbed to…

  • Events,  Nature,  Walks

    Out & About: Coppicing Sessions

    The new Out & About is ready, so I’ve lifted the listing for Highbury Park. The first one is at short notice, and requires booking, so this announcement may not be of much use to you – but there are still plenty of opportunities! All enquiries to: Highbury Park Ranger Service Queensbridge Depot, Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QB. Mobile 07766 922 843 Practical Conservation Tasks Saturday 12 January 10am – 12:30pm first session, 1.15 – 3pm second session Join the Assistant Ranger to help carry out coppicing work in the woodland. Join us for one or both sessions. Please wear suitable clothing. Meet at the car park. Booking essential.…

  • Tree Survey

    Most Recent Tree Survey – Braving The Elements!

    Hello All, Difficult to believe, but the driving cold rain on Saturday saw 4 tree surveyors hurtling round the Walk 2000 route spotting interesting trees on the way that could be included in our first tree trail. It was too cold to stand still for long so we didn’t actually survey any trees. We came up with the following potential list of trees for inclusion (trees easily visible from the route – another more extensive tree trail could involve interesting detours). Possible trees for inclusion in a Kings Heath Floral trail/Walk 2000 leaflet. Pines near car park Pine used for fridge magnet. Standing dead tree with lots of fungi at…