Bamboo

You may have noticed that many of our ‘plastic-free’ products are actually bamboo products. This is because it is one of the most sustainable manufacturing materials there is. It grows almost like a weed in some parts of the world. You will find many bam...
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Bird Cherry

Bird cherry is a common native tree, often found in wet woodlands, and alongside rivers and streams. We have planted it at Sylvan Nature Reserve, in the parts prone to flooding, and it should also thrive along the streams in Bank Woods. It is a fairly sm...
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Crab Apple

A crab apple tree can grow up to 10m tall, and live for 100 years. They are the predecessor of cultivated apples. Crab apples have sweetly scented blossom in April and May, which is pollinated by bees and other insects. Later, small, apple-like fruits de...
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Dogwood

Dogwood is a shrubby tree which can grow to 10m tall when mature. In spring, it produces small, cream flowers which smell unpleasant. These are followed by small black berries. Characteristically, the twigs facing the sun are red, whereas those in the sh...
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Hawthorn

Hawthorn trees can grow up to 15m tall and have a dense habit, and thorny branches. They are often used in hedges. The flowers, which bloom in May are white or pink. They later develop deep red fruits called ‘haws’. Hawthorn supports many species of inse...
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Hazel

Hazel can grow to 12 m tall and can live for hundreds of years. It is often coppiced, to harvest timber, and we have examples of this at Bank Woods. It is an important element of the ‘understorey’ of woods of oak and birch. The leaves are covered in soft...
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Lime

Lime (or linden) is often planted in towns, but was one of the original native trees of northern Europe. It can grow to 30 metres tall. The leaves are a very characteristic slightly asymmetrical heart shape. They are a very attractive food source for aph...
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Mental Health Benefits of Being Outdoors

5 ways you didn’t even know how the great outdoors can improve your mental health. Increased alertness. Nothing better than that blissful feeling of the sunlight on your cheeks and the wind in your hair. Spending time outside can improve how well you conc...
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Oak

An oak tree can grow to 40 m tall, and live for hundreds of years. It is the commonest and possibly the best loved British native tree. It has catkins, with airborne pollen, and then produces acorns, but not until it is at least 40 years old. Most aco...
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Rowan

A rowan tree can grow to 15 m tall, and live for 200 years. A rowan tree has clusters of tiny cream flowers, which develop into scarlet berries with seeds which are dispersed by birds. Several moth caterpillars live on rowan leaves. Rowan flowers provide...
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Silver Birch

A birch tree can grow to 30m tall; it has deep roots which can reach nutrients deep down in the soil. The birch is highly adaptable and can thrive in harsh conditions. Catkins appear in April, and after pollination, tiny seeds are spread by the wind. Birch ...
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Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry is a native, deciduous cherry species. It is a very attractive tree, often seen in gardens and hedgerows around the UK. It can grow to 30 metres in height, and live for 60 years. The white flowers bloom early in the spring, at the same time a...
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