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Trees (Native British)

6 1 INTRODUCTION Trees are such a prominent feature of the landscape and yet we tend to take them for granted. They have provided shade from the sun and shelter from the wind and rain, they manufacture lifegiving oxygen with their leaves, enrich the soil and provide food and shelter for a great variety of wildlife. They have provided man with some of his most valuable construction materials, kept him warm, fed him with nuts and fruits, nursed him with medicines and calmed his spirits with their beauty and grace. The last ice age cleared our shores of treelife. As the ice receded our native trees returned to cover a large proportion of the land. These trees include all that are mentioned in this book Sweet Chestnut has been included as it has grown in Britain for over 2000 years. All the other trees now growing in Britain were introduced by man either for ornament, timber or their fruit. Overleaf are listed the more common introduced species with an approximate arrival date. A rather rare pyramidal tree that can grow to 60, often with thorny branches. It needs a warmer climate than the Apple see page 36 and favours light deep soils. The Pears white flowers produce roundedfruits which are readily eaten by birds and forest animals. Wild Pear Pyrus pyraster
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