Tree Charter Day 2020

26th November 2020 / News archive

To celebrate the third anniversary of the launch of the Tree Charter, find out about the trees in John Coles Park

On 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched. To celebrate Tree Charter Day on 28 November, find out about some of the trees in John Coles Park.

The Pedunculate Oak

The Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), which is also known as the English Oak or Common Oak are native to Britain and are the second most abundant tree species, after the Birch Tree. One of the Common Oaks in John Coles Park is approximately 250 years old and pre-dates the park, which opened in 1923.

The Maidenhair

The Maidenhair tree (Gingko biloba) has some very unique leaves as it is the only non-extinct member of its tree variety. It’s Latin name Gingko, is a misspelling of the Japanese term ‘gin kyo’ which means silver apricots. The female trees within the Maidenhair species produce fruits, which resemble apricots. In John Coles Park you will find the male species, which doesn’t produce any fruit, but has wonderful fan shaped leaves that turn yellow in Autumn.

The Tulip

A part of the Magnolia tree family, the Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera) is native to North America and is the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. In Spring, the species produces a flower that resembles a Tulip and contains a large quantity of nectar for local wildlife.

For more information about the Tree Charter and Tree Charter Day HERE and find out about The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) involvement HERE.