**136-Heritage-lost, missing?

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**133/P-Trees I know-Poem-Joy of Words.

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The trees are listed alphabetically within the Blog Roll; ref. Nos- **132/1 to 9 and **133/A to P.  

**133/O-Tree Talk-Yew.

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This gloomy-looking  tree of sinister reputation rival the oak in longevity & the life of some hoary specimens is estimated to be nearly two thousand years.  While the leaves of the yew are undoubtedly poisonous  to cattle,  many  of  the evil qualities attributed to the tree are superstitions.  The berries are not poisonous, as the birds eat them.      The yew grows very slowly,   as befits a tree that has possibly twenty centuries ahead of it.      It never reaches a great height ,   but  old   trees  have  an immense  girth & a wide spreading  crown.  The bark is  smooth & grey & the trunk of old trees is generally heavily fluted as if many stems had joined themselves together to form this shape.      The dark shining evergreen leaves are set in close rows on opposite sides of the twigs.  They are about an inch long & very narrow.  The flowers are of distinct  sexes & grow on separate trees, which is unusual in conifers.   male flowers are small yellow balls growing among the leaves on the top side of the spray.  The stamens  produce an enormous quantity of pollen.  The female flowers are small green pointed ovoids rowing on the underside of the twigs.  They turn into little green cups containing a  hard nut.    

 

**133/N-Tree Talk-Goat Willow.

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There are numerous different species & varieties of willow in England, but the differences many of them are not very marked.  Most willows  like a moist soil, the damper the better & usually  to be found in water meadows or along river  banks with their roots almost  in the water.  The male & female flowers  grow on separate trees.   The first signs of them are furry, silvery tufts breaking out of some of the buds in  the  spring.   The male  flowers  become erect  brushes of golden-tipped stamens while the female flowers are erect  green stems studded with numerous pointed green capsules. When ripe  these capsules burst open & a thick mass of white cotton protrudes, the small seeds each being attached to a cottony filament.   When the tree is in full seed it looks as though it were dotted with little tufts of cotton-wool.

**133/M-Tree Talk-Walnut.

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WAB2A walnut is an editable  seed.  Walnuts like other tree nuts must be processed  & stored properly.   High density source of nutrients.  The walnut fruit is enclosed in a green , leatherly, fleshy husk. This husk is inedible.  The husk of walnuts contains  a juice that will readily stain anything in contact, It has been used as a dye for cloth.

**133/L-Tree Talk-Sycamore.

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Although widespread & thoroughly  domiciled in England,  this is not a native tree, but was introduced some centuries ago from Europe.  The word  sycamore is derived from the Greek & means a mulberry fig.  It is the name of  given  to a species  of fig in southern   Europe,   with  leaves   resembling   those  the  mulberry.    In  there  ignorance, our ancestors   imagined   the   great   maple  to  be this fig tree because  of a fancied similarity  between the leaves.   Although nobody  now supposes this tree to be  a fig, there are many who do not know that it is a maple.  It grows to a large size with a spreading  rounded crown.    The bark is light grey, smooth in young trees,  but later scaling off in rounded flakes.

                                                  

 

 

**133/K-Tree Talk-Rowan.

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This  tree is more commonly known in England as the mountain ash, presumably because its leaves are compound ( pinnate shape ) like those of the ash.  The rowan, however  does not resemble the ash in any other way, nor is it related to the ash , but is one of the apple family.  It is called  in some parts as  the “quickbeam” or “fowler’s  service tree”.  The last name has reference to the fact that bird snarers used to bait their traps with its bright red berries. The  tree was traditionally believed to be a powerful charm against witchcraft, & small bunches  of the twigs used to be nailed up outside cattle sheds to keep   the beasts from harm.  It is a small tree which flourishes on hill- sides & poor  soils,   The bark is quite smooth & a light grey in colour. It produces large number of clusters of small white flowers in the spring.  Often as many as  two hundred in   cluster & are succeeded  by red berries  which are a favourite food of the birds.  The tree is still beautiful in the autumn, when the foliage turns reddish gold. In days gone by, the flexible branches were used to make bows , &  were almost as good as the yew branches for this purpose.