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Trees, cut trees, and replanted trees

Earlier in the year I did a report of the tree planting by the River Thames on the opposite bank to the Swift Ditch weir. Daniel has an excellent drone video of the trees, tree removal and replanting. The following are some of his pictures and all rights belong to Daniel.


Cut Trees

Replanted Trees

More replanted trees.

November 1st on St Helen’s Wharf

Strong winds on October 31st have blown down leaves. Today, November 1st, all was calm and sunny.

The water of the River Thames looks blue from this angle.

The works at St Helen’s Wharf have all been completed and the benches are back. The ‘Happy to Chat’ bench has moved down a tree. The ‘Happy to Chat’ bench is not just an Abingdon thing. Such benches are used in many places and are intended to combat loneliness and isolation.

Snow and Blossom on Boxhill Park

Daniel took some aerial shots of the snow yesterday over the Boxhill Park Recreation Ground, with the Workhouse Estate to the right.

The pictures allows us to study the paths of the dog walkers.

Today I walked round the same recreation park, in the sun. In this picture Boxhill Road is in front, and the Workhouse Estate behind.

Beside Boxhill Road, a new line of fruit trees were added last autumn to replace some cherry trees that were thought to be diseased. There are apple trees (of various varieties), pear trees (Conference) and plum trees (Victoria). The pear trees (shown above) and plum trees are in full blossom.

It is easy for a non-expert to tell them apart thanks to the descriptive labels.

It does not appear, at this stage, that the blossom has suffered from the snowfall. This is plum blossom.

Five Willows in Abingdon – with new leaves

My favourite Willow tree is the one in the Margaret Brown Gardens. You can stand under that tree and look through the long trailing branches down the long stretch of the River Thames towards Culham. Sometimes the branches hang like a string curtain, but in this picture the wind is throwing the slender branches back and forth and round.

On the other side of the Iron Bridge, there are a row of willows that shade the River Ock in Summer.

About half way along the Ock Valley Walk is a tree with a bare trunk covered in dark ivy. It has a top knot of leaves, and a curtain of thin branches.

Next to Abingdon Baptist Church is a well shaped weeping willow with its own gated area.

On the island in the Abbey Gardens are two or more willows that have grown together into a mound.

P.S And here is the Willow that once stood in front of the Old Gaol with thanks to Brian.