|The Studley Cherry|
There are a number of Champion Trees (I'll explain below) in the Studley Royal area of Fountains and one of them isn't too far away from the car park. As it's Spring we knew that it would be in bloom and would be beautiful to look at, which it was. The only thing that didn't make it look as nice as it could be, was the weather. If you live in North Yorkshire you'll know that today started lovely but ended up this afternoon a pretty grey day, still, this didn't keep this little nature fanatic back and me and my Dad were out taking photos like billy-o.
From the pictures and the title you'll know that I am talking about the Champion Cherry Tree (Prunus avium),
|You can see how big it is with me in the pic :-)|
|Its lovely blossom|
So a little bit about cherries:
|From the otherside - really gnarly!|
- It is thought that Cherries arrived in Europe from the forests of central Asia.
- Cherries have been found to be part of the diet of Europeans since bronze age times (around 2000BC)
- They were first cultivated in Asia around 800BC
- In Japan people celebrate the arrival of cherry blossom as the beginning of spring.
- Cherry blossom has had a special significance in Japan for centuries and have been grown for their beautiful blooms since 794AD in the grounds of the nobility in Kyoto.
- Cherries don't live as long as some species so an ancient cherry tree is one that is over 100 years old
|Now this is a big oak tree - there is a small dude at the bottom!|
|A bit closer up - there's a little hole |
and you can see into the hollow trunk
Here's a few links including some walks you can do around the country to see some ancient trees.
Hope you enjoyed,