Long Eaton - West Park
w/e 01 October 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

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Part 04 - Includes Trees 23 to 30

Route Plan on Information Board

This final part of the Tree Trail takes us from near tree number 22 and proceeds through to the end beyond number 30. As I pointed out in Part 03, there are some differences between the original leaflet detailing the walk and the updated version but as I started with it, I am sticking with the original for the purposes of this series. The tree at position 28 however (highlighted above) has been omitted from the later version and is no longer there. It was listed as being a Tree Sculpture by artist Andrew Frost who had turned a Black Poplar into a "magical sculpture in 2002" following severe damage caused by storms.

Park Path

We picked up the Trail again near the Cappadocian Maple (just off shot to the left) and followed the path round to the conical shaped tree that can just be made out in the distance towards the left of the picture.

That conical tree is a Wellingtonia but it was a little confusing as the leaflet states it "is the largest tree in the world" and " can grow up to 80m tall and live for 3000 years." This specimen is obviously not as tall nor as old as that but is a member of the Californian Redwood family where the largest tree is known as General Sherman measuring 31m around its trunk.
Scots Pine

Doubling back to cross the bridge over the Golden Brook, the next tree at position 24 is listed as a Scots Pine and although there was no identification post, it looks to me as though there is more than one specimen.
Foxglove Tree

Identification PostSeed PodsWe continued round the path to another path leading to King Street where the next tree on the Trail is a Foxglove. It has large seed pods (right) at this time of year and is also known as a Princess or Empress Tree. In China it was customary to plant one when the Empress gave birth to a child. In this picture it is the one on the right with the identification post (left) visible between the picnic table and the tree.
Common Oak

Next is the more rounded shape and sight of a Common Oak and although it is more familiar to most people than the Foxglove, this particular tree had very few acorns on its branches and there were none on the ground that I could see either.
Horse Chestnut

At number 27 there is another familiar tree and the opposite of the oak was true. The ground was littered with conkers and standing under the Horse Chestnut was a precarious thing to do as more were dropping from the branches and bouncing on the path. Conkers are also known by other names including cheggies or obblyonkers and can be eaten by cattle and deer but are not for human consumption.
Sweet Chestnut

Another Chestnut, this one a Sweet Chestnut stands nearby close to a football pitch. The fruit of the Sweet Chestnut is edible by humans and are often roasted or used in chestnut stuffing at Christmas. The British climate however is not warm enough to ripen the nuts and most of those on sale in the shops are imported from France and Italy.
Common Lime

The final identification post on the Tree Trail at position 30 stands by a Common Lime (second from left) in a line of trees along the wall that separates the park from Long Eaton Cemetery. Common Limes can grow to a height of about 30m and are the tallest broadleaved trees to be seen in Britain.
Exit Path

Having concluded the Tree Trail we continued on the path by the cemetery wall to exit the park near the centre of Long Eaton.
Leaf Blower

On the way we passed a man who will surely be kept busy for the next few weeks blowing leaves from the path. Not so much a labour in vain but with the leaves only just starting to fall from the trees, there will be plenty more to come before autumn is over.
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