Category Archives: trees

Diversions on Cycle Path through the Abbey Meadows – tree work followed by cycleway improvements

Diversion
A diversion has been put in place for cyclists following the National Cycle Network route 5. The signs direct people on an alternative route from the Abbey Gateway to Barton Fields.
Diversion
Tree Cutting is happening during the day time in the Abbey Meadows for the next week.
Diversion
People can walk round the affected area over the grass.

Construction works will then be carried out by Skanska UK Plc on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, and Vale of White Horse District Council, on the same stretch of cycle path, and The path will be closed until 18th November 2020 (subject to good weather).

A young tree needs protection – Part 7

A Young Tree
Back in 2006 I took pictures of some trees, with tree guardsĀ  – under the title ‘A Young Tree Needs Protection’. I have posted pictures of those same trees several times. This is the 7th.
A Young Tree
The first tree, on the Ock Valley Walk, was planted for John Jones OBE, Freeman of Abingdon, by Jean Jones, his widow. It now spreads over the path, and merges with a horse chestnut behind. The guard has long since been removed.
A Young Tree
The next two trees were planted together in the Albert Park.
A Young Tree
They are still there with their tree guards, growing slowly. One has always had a slight lean.
A Young Tree
The final tree was on Caldecott Road.
A Young Tree
It got broken off and did not survive to see 2007, but another tree was planted in 2007 with a stronger tree guard. It can be seen here.

Liquidambar trees

Liquid Amber
The Liquidambar trees on the Market Place are turning red.
Liquid Amber
These regular trees have behaved well so far on the Market Place and The Square in Abingdon, and each year give a flaming red autumn show.
Liquid Amber
Peter Green had something to do with their selection when he was on Abingdon Town Council. When he suggested Liquidambar a lot of people said what are they? At the time there was a choice between them and the better known London Plane.
Liquid Amber
There are Plane trees at St Helen’s Wharf, alongside the River Thames, just as there are along the longer embankment in London.
Liquid Amber
The Plane trees along Conduit Road were pollarded earlier in the year and have already grown back to what can be seen in the picture. They are hardy urban trees that can be cut back and then grow again.

A young tree needs protection – Part 5

Back in 2006, when I started doing This Abingdon Blog, one report was about three trees that had been planted in town. One got vandalised, one had a bad lean, and one was doing well.

Here they are again some years later…
 A young tree needs protection
The vandalised tree is long gone but another tree, planted nearby, is doing much better. I hope the new generation respect trees more.
 A young tree needs protection
The leaning tree continues to lean and still has a tree guard.
 A young tree needs protection
It also has a band to keep it from leaning any more.
 A young tree needs protection
The third tree is doing well. The tree guard has been removed and lower branches cut. That tree was planted in honour of John Jones OBE – a former Mayor and Freeman of Abingdon.

Sunshine on New Leaves

Sunshine on New Leaves
Leaves are early this year after a mild March. There have been a couple of days of sunshine and the leaves have been opening as seen on the walk along the Ock Valley Walk.
Sunshine on New Leaves
The tender new leaves are already capturing the sun’s energy, and they look so much better than the weather beaten, bug blighted leaves of late summer.