Biodiversity Garden - Trees

Biodiversity Garden: Trees 

The biodiversity garden is an example of how even a small corner of a town or village can be converted into a wild space. Surrounding the garden is a mix of native trees: hawthorn, with its small five pointed leaves and long thorns; holly, spiny, waxy leaves and red berries; ash, grey diamond patterned bark compound leaves with 7 to 13 pointed leaflets; and elder, a low tree with gnarled bark, whose flowers and berries are sought by humans and badgers respectively. Ivy, which wraps around several of these trees, is often seen as somewhat of a weed but in fact is just another part of a complex ecosystem. It’s flowers are visited by bees (you may have heard of ivy honey) and its berries are an important late source of food for birds in the autumn.

Fun fact: There is a species of plant known as ground elder, which has similar leaves and flowers to the elder tree and grows in the same areas. Despite this, the two are unrelated.