TQ1973 : Beech tree in winter, Conduit Wood, Richmond Park

taken 7 years ago, near to Richmond, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

Beech tree in winter, Conduit Wood, Richmond Park
Beech tree in winter, Conduit Wood, Richmond Park
Why the trunk of this old beech has divided so low down I can't say - though it seems to happen quite commonly with beeches. The roots spreading out on the woodland floor are typical - compare the trunk and roots of the oak on the left.

Conduit Wood is a plantation, the date of planting being given as 1829 by Collenette in his book 'A History of Richmond Park'. At the present time the main tree species are oak, sweet chestnut and beech, with poplars and other ornamental species towards the NE corner. The acid soils of the Park are not ideal for the beech, which prefers the calcareous soils of - for instance - the North Downs.

Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 7 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 10 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Park and Public Gardens  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 190 738 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.0459N 0:17.2703W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 190 737
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