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We moved on from the row of silver birch trees, past the former bowls green. Immediately on the right is a good example of an ancient oak that has been pollarded. Trees with a number of trunks above head height are called pollards. Pollarding involves cutting branches off to encourage growth of new trunks above head height and was a common form of woodland management. The cuts, and therefore new shoot growth, were above the reach of grazing livestock belonging to commoners. This particular pollard had four trunks at about 10 feet high but one had to be removed around 5 or 6 years ago for safety. Seen below is the same tree from different sides. It has three trunks although you can only see two in the photos.
|Pollarded ancient oak between bowls green and tennis courts|
|hornbeam seed pods|
|Bark rubbing of hornbeam|
Hornbeam leaves and seed pods are quite distinctive.
|the beautiful hornbeam opposite the orchard|
Before moving on we looked briefly at the orchard, opposite the tennis courts. The orchard now contains 18 fruit trees, all heritage varieties, which were planted in 2012 and 2016 with the support of the Urban Orchard Project.
|Mayow Park Community Orchard|
|the best climbing tree in the whole park|
|Boundary oaks in Mayow Park early spring 2016|
|within sight of Victorian fountain|
|girth 5.4 metres|
|Could this be the oldest tree in the park?|