Eyes wide open

Next time you wander through the Wild Garden, keep your eyes open for a rare specimen. As you walk with the ponds on your left you will see a magnificent tree towering above its neighbours. It is situated about half-way along the second pond. The smooth bark identifies it as a beech tree but when you look up at the leaves you think, perhaps not. The dark glossy leaves are deeply serrated. This is indeed a beech tree but not your common variety. The leaf shape gives it the name of cut-leaved or fern-leaved beech, a rare tree. It was probably planted as a specimen tree, the Wild Garden being a perfect location.

Rosemary Wilson

April – May 2020