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Updated  18 Dec 2009

Yearly Tree-cutting

Each Year, the Society cuts a limited number of trees on the Common as part of an ongoing programme of anti-encroachment. This felling typically is located on the fringes of grassland areas or on the edges of dells and glades.. This years application containing details of trees and their location can be downloaded by clicking on the links to the left.

Trees of Interest

The DCPS engages in sporadic efforts to identify trees of interest in an effort to develop a database that can be used for conservation purposes. The following map shows those trees identified during a survey of the Common. We would be glad to receive suggestions from those who wish to nominate a tree for inclusion. There are several criteria that we look for:

  • Veteran trees - These are trees that are not only old but are positively grizzled. As much of the Common is covered with secondary growth there are virtually no such trees that we know of.
  • Landmark trees - These are trees that have a story to tell of either social or environmental origin - perhaps King Charles hid in it or the rare duck-billed platypus nests in it!

Already there have been changes since this survey was done - the "Trident" tree (no. 6) was blown over in a storm and now only exists as an uprooted stump!

No. 7, the Bus Stop tree is so called because children used to play at buses and pretend to catch a bus from this point. Or so I've been told - if you know a better story, let me know by clicking below.

1. Oak near Three Pigeons Cottage - a nice specimen
2. Tall Cherry near Three Pigeons - another large specimen
3. Beech near Mannings Pond - and another
4. Oak near Mannings Pond - not large but will be one day
5. Oak at bottom of Dells - possibly dates back to when the pits were abandoned
6. Three stemmed beech in Dells - now just a stump
7. Bus Stop Beech - children used to play at buses and pretend to catch a bus from here
9. Large Holly at entrance to the Dells - a big one
10. Large Oak near entrance to Dells - quite an impressive specimen but not easy to see
11.Oak near St Davids - this nice looking tree marks the northern end of the coppicing project
12. Scots Pine (?) at Vale Cottage - one of the few on the Common, it can be seen for miles around
13. Yew on Butterfly Bank - this was planted on 1 Jan 2000 and is a nicer tree than the official Millenium yew
14. Millenium Yew on Sunnybank - planted on 1 Jan 2000 to mark the millenium
15. Ash at Prospect House - one of the biggest ash trees in the neighbourhood
16. Yew at Ebenezer Cottage - a distinctive leafy trunk on this yew
17. Climbing tree 1 - a popular "hanging around" place for the local kids
18. Climbing tree 2 - easier for the little ones to climb
19. Climbing tree 3 - just as easy but less used as it is slightly out of the way
20. Boundary Oak new Littleworth Road - probably a marker for the SE corner of the Common
21. Boundary Oak 2 - one of 2 older trees on the east boundary
22. Boundary Oak 3 - another older tree on the east boundary
23. Oak at Bus turning circle - a popular climbing tree at the end of Plomer Green Lane.