Holland Park: Trees
As you pass through Holland Park, take a look at the diverse trees that create the loose canopy. Ash, oak, birch, beech, cherries, sycamores and some alder in the schoolyard, can you identify them all?
Oak trees, for example, with their gnarled bark and feather-like lobed leaves, are the kings of biodiversity. They can live for hundreds of years and support over 2300 different species across the various regions where they grow, including mammals, birds, invertebrates, plants, fungi and lichens.
Birch is another native deciduous tree, and there are two types in Ireland, the downy birch, with its soft furry hairs on the leaf stem, and silver birch, with its bright papery bark. Both species are important for wildlife, their leaves and sap attract insects, and the seeds are a source of food for birds (some of which also go for an insect or two).