Sheffield Tree Week launches today, for which I have recorded a short film made in Ecclesall Woods last weekend. This is one of my favourite places on the planet and the tree variety found here makes it and excellent outdoor classroom. Sheffield’s residents are lucky to have these woods on their doorstep, as it is South Yorkshire’s largest ancient woodland.
In July the tree canopy has completely closed over and the lower light levels mean that many wildflowers have long since gone over. There are, however, a few in bloom including: bramble (Rubus fruiticosus), honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) and enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutetiana). Here and there sun-ripened raspberries (Rubus idaeus) can be spotted among the more frequent bramble, which will fruit in August.
Within this video there are visual guides for identifying the following trees: hornbeam (Carpinus betulus); larch (Larix decidua); Scot’s pine (Pinus sylvestris) and rowan (Sorbus aucuparia).
Visit the Sheffield Tree Week website to get involved.