Oak

Quercus robur, the English oak, is the most common species in the park but there are other species of oak, too, such as Quercus rubra (red oak) and Quercus palustris (pin oak).

If you walk past the basketball court and take the left fork to go down the hill but then turn left, you will find yourself on this path. This English oak is on the left of this path, just below the basketball court. Number 361

Keep on walking to the end of the path, above and you will reach this English oak at the opposite end, by the green gates. Or you could walk down from the white house, past the bowling green and the Thrive pavilion and just past the fruit garden it’s on the corner of the two paths.

This English oak is just past the basketball court to the right of the fork in the path. Just off to the right of the path going towards the Thrive gardens (what was the ATV gardens)

If you walk out of the Grange Road car park past the end of the pond, you will pass this English oak, on your right.

More or less opposite the entrance to the small children’s playground this Oak is still clinging on to the last of its leaves in the lower branches even after all the high winds this February.

A lot of leaves still remain on all the shoots from the lower part of the trunk on this Oak just along the path from the small children’s playground.

Almost a third of the way along the path from the playground towards the car park this Oak is just by one of the metal benches.

Just a bit further along the path, the other side of the bench, another Oak close to the path.

There are three large trees in a group about half-way along the path between the playground and the car park, parallel to Avenue Road. Two of them are English Oaks, 672 and 673. The other is a Horse chestnut. 672 and 674 have numbers on them, the middle one doesn’t but it’s got to be 673.

About three-quarters of the way from the playground to the car park these two Oak trees are diagonally opposite each other across the path.

There is no number to go with this tree but it is a magnificent oak with a gnarled trunk, covered in burrs. Its just past the basketball court where the path forks off to go down the hill and the right hand side goes to the Thrive gardens.

It looks like this English oak has had a hard time in the past but has recovered well. It’s on the corner of the path going down the hill below the basketball court.

Just twenty metres from the entrance by Grange road this Oak leans over the path running alongside Avenue Road.

Not far from the Thrive gardens or the larger children’s playground stands this impressive oak. It’s twisted shape is full of character and it is covered in burrs.

There are two medium sized English oaks close together here (690, 691) and a third larger one just a bit further along, to the left (694). 693 is a Sycamore and 701 a Scots pine.

Tree number 696 has a very distinct shape. It’s in a group of about five Oak trees. Three of them form a line from the path to the other side of the fence, starting with 696, then 694 then 695 just over the fence-line.