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Tree of the Month - March and Spring Equinox

The Horse Chestnut Tree - the Spring Equinox tree

Stout trees with huge domed canopies and gnarled bark. As they can grow to 30 metres and are among the first trees to put out leaves in the spring, they give a magnificent grandeur to our surroundings.

They are special in having distinctive 5 lobed leaves like a hand print, and their clusters of white/pink flowers make them look like giant candelabras.

Everyone knows them for their big mahogany-brown conkers that burst out of green, spiky fruit in the autumn when their leaves glow orange and scarlet. Strangely, they are related to the Lychee family.

There has been an annual world conker championship in the Northants village of Ashton since 1965, but for those with green fingers conkers are easy to germinate in pots and grow on to plant somewhere special with the help of your local Tree Wardens.

Residents’ Association and Scouts have a productive Sunday

Sunday 12th March 2017

Purbrook and Widley Area Residents’ Association (PAWARA) Environment Group had a productive morning at The Bog and Penjar Pond with a good turnout of residents supplemented with scouts from the 72nd Portsmouth Group.  Apple, quince and elder were added to the fruiting hedge at The Bog while the scouts staked the existing trees so they would be easy to find if they became overgrown.  The group then moved over to Penjar Pond where the scouts sawed up and moved some branches that had been cut down and left at the back of the pond.  Meanwhile, a double row of wild plum trees was planted at the Elstead Gardens end of the grass area.  The original intention was to continue the existing hedge planted for year-round colour.  Unfortunately, the ground was too stony.  There was a suggestion it might be builders’ rubble.

Two members of the group have become Havant Borough Tree Wardens.  The fruiting hedge planted at The Bog in December 2014 was provided by The Tree Council…