National Tree Week – Celebrating British Trees

This week here in the UK is National Tree Week and it gave me the idea for this post.  Rather than show trees in all their glory in full leaf I have found in my portfolio some images which show trees at different stages of there lives.  We start on Bridestones Moor in the North York Moors National Park with an image of a young Silver Birch which I was drawn to due to its isolated position surviving on its own away from all the other trees. The Bridestones and Crosscliff Estate, of which the Moor is part of, covers an area of 1,205 acres and is a mixture of farmland, open moorland and woodland.

Bridestones Moor

Now an image from my 2013 photo trip to the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England where the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, of which there are nearly 50 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, was celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Newtown Bay

With this image is was not so much the tree itself that attracted my attention but the wonderful shadow being cast onto the beach showing the shape and formation of the tree.  Newtown Bay is a bay on the northwestern coast of the island in the western arm of the Solent.  It is a subtle bay located around the exit of the Newtown River.  It stretches about 2 miles from Hamstead Point in the west to Salt Mead Ledge to the east.  It is a remote place as there are few properties along this part of the coast, it being low lying marshland and home to countless sea birds.  The shore is a narrow band of gravel, while the sea bottom is mostly mud or sand.

Now one of the best known trees in England which is situated at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.

Sycamore Gap

The tree has acquired the nickname “The Robin Hood Tree” because it featured in a scene from the film “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves” eventhough it is 160 miles from Nottingham as the crow flies.  

The next image features a number of trees in their “after life and was captured on the beach at Covehithe, Suffolk on the East Anglia coast. There are many such trees on this coast particularly in this location where as much as 30 feet of cliff have been lost in one single tide.

Covehithe Cliffs

After the sight of those unfortunate trees I thought I would leave you with something to smile about. This image was captured in the New Forest.  I was walking along through part of the forest looking for suitable photo locations and suddenly noticed this on a tree face.  It took a double take to make sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing then all I could do was smile.

“Wood Face”

I hope you found this slightly unusual look at some of my tree images a fitting part of our celebrations of National Tree Week.


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