Ilkeston - The Trees Of Victoria Park
w/e 18 October 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The Trees Of Victoria Park

Since uploading Part 01 of this series I have resolved the discrepancies between the numbers shown on a Council leaflet and the information posts adjacent to the trees in the park. See the Introduction for more. The identification to each tree in the format (L-/P-) refers to the leaflet number and the identification post number.

Part 03 - On the Bristol Road side (Bottom half)

In this part we will look at the remaining five notable trees towards the lower end of Bristol Road.

Bristol Road

Four of those five are in this cluster near the park's bowling green just over half way down whilst the fifth is actually at the junction with Manners Road. The white building seen through the trees is the pavilion on the bowling green.
Deodar Cedar

The first tree of note is not the prominent conifer in this image but the smaller tree standing in the shadows to the left. This too is an evergreen and the species grows to a height of 30m. It is the national tree of Pakistan where it is often used in temples and palaces going by the name of Deodar Cedar (L11/P-).
Needles & Cones

Although it lacks an information post and is somewhat overshadowed by its neighbour the Deodar Cedar is easily identified by its fan shaped needles and its distinctive barrel shaped cones on the top of its drooping branches.
Purple Leaved Plum

Another relatively easy tree to identify is the Purple Leaved Plum (L12/P13). In spring it is covered with pretty white flowers and at harvest time produces sweet edible fruit but when in leaf it is their colour from which it takes its name that makes it an easily recognisable tree.
Acer Crimson King

The Acer Crimson King (L-/P14) is another colourful tree that has dark beetroot-red leaves which turn red, brown and orange in autumn. In spring it produces small clusters of red-tinged, yellow flowers and as it grows to only about 7m high it is also popular in large gardens as well as parks as an ornamental tree. It is a fast growing tree, is pollution-tolerant and will grow quite happily on most soils including clay.

Sycamore & Acer Crimson KingClose to the Acer is a larger tree (left) that stands adjacent to the hedge surrounding the park's bowling green. This is a Sycamore (L13/P15) and is the largest member of the Maple family of trees, reaching 30m in height when fully grown. The wood of the Sycamore is used commercially for the production of furniture, flooring and also violins but the tree is also popular in urban parks as it too, like the Acer, is tolerant to pollution, road salt and windy conditions. The spring flowers of the Sycamore are also produced in clusters but they are coloured green and provide nectar for bees and other insects.

The spring flowers develop into winged seeds known universally as 'helicopters' and this particular tree in Victoria Park is fully laden at the moment but at any time now they will be carried away, spinning on the wind.
Lombardy Poplar

Bristol RoadThe final tree in this section at the lower end of Bristol Road (right) could arguably be called the first in the next section as it is right on the junction with Manners Road. The slender tall tree which can reach up to 45m in height in the right conditions is a Lombardy Poplar (L-/P16). At a rate of nearly 2m per year, it is a fast growing tree but is susceptible to a number of pests and diseases. It has a relatively short lifespan that can often be as little as only 15 years. Its common name of course is derived from the Lombardy district of Italy where it originated, being brought to the UK at the end of the 18th century.

The bare patch of ground in the foreground of the main picture above is usually full of flowers but at the moment it has been stripped and is awaiting its winter planting which should be well established by the time we return next month to see the trees on the Manners Road side of Victoria Park.

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