Do You Know Your Ash From Your Elder?

This Easter, sees the Finsbury Park Tree Trail celebrate it’s 2nd Birthday. The tree trail was created by the Friends to help park users to identify some of the most common trees in the park. You may have spotted the numbered wooden tree trail posts as you walk through the park.

Starting close to the lakeside café, the trail showcases 16 trees on a mile long route through the park. A leaflet showing the route and providing information about each tree can be picked up at the café.

There are many classic British trees including an oak, beech (actually a copper beech), horse chestnut, holly and silver birch. My personal favourites include the plane tree (no 1 on the trail), the willow (no 3) and the distinctly non-native giant redwood (no.10), which is hidden away in a copse close to Manor House gate.

Willow

Willow

The biggest omissions in my view are an ash and a chestnut. If anyone has spotted either in the park, or if you have suggestions for other species that should be highlighted do let us know as a tree trail extension is a distinct possibility.

The Tree Trail starts from the cafe by the lake. You can pick up a free Tree Trail leaflet in the cafe or download a copy here.

You can also view the Tree Trail online at TiCL website.

Alistair Smith