Trees in the Park
Then I took to climbing trees. We played hide and seek under the weeping willows and weeping birch.
We have a great variety of trees. We have tall trees and short trees
We have veteran trees and young trees. The old oak on the left is also known as the “Poacher’s Oak” and is over 500yrs old. Can you just imagine what that tree could tell us if it could talk? It will have seen the cattle being driven down the old Ashbourne Road to the cattle market at Derby. It was around when Henry V111 became king in 1509. It saw the fighting due to the English Civil war in the mid 1600’s. It stood silently by whilst Bonnie Prince Charlie rode past on his way to London in 1745. In 1831 the locals rioted because the Bill of Reform was rejected by the House of Lords and many of the Hall’s windows were smashed. Between 1929 and 1934 the Hall and Park are sold to the Borough of Derby. More recently it has seen me playing football with my grandchildren and hopefully will go on taking in the sights that play on around it for many more years.
We have trees of various colours
We have deciduous trees and conifers
We have a specimen of the oldest known tree species in the world, the Gingko Biloba maybe you could go in search of this tree. Here is a photo of just its leaves so that its position is not given away.