Tree types of The Wild Boar Woods
Visitors to the woods at The Wild Boar can expect to see a variety of tree types typical to both the Lake District National Park and UK and Europe.
Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
A native of Britain, but also found throughout the rest of Europe as far as Siberia, alder is a characteristic tree of wet places, marshes and stream-sides.
Common beech is often seen as a feminine tree and paricularly elegant examples may earn the name 'Queen beech'. Beech woodlands are characterised by a carpet of crispy fallen leaves and nut casings on the ground.
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Named after David Douglas who introduced the tree to Europe it is renowned in its natural habitat in America as one of the tallest trees, reaching heights of 120m.
Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
Downy, or white birch is similar to the silver birch with light airy foliage. It is the dominant birch in Scotland and north west England.
European larch (Larix decidua)
This species is the only deciduous conifer native to Europe and was introduced to Britain sometime around 1620 for its timber.
Hazel (Corylus avellana)
A very common woodland tree or shrub that grows under the canopy of other woodland trees. It's history is intertwined to ours through the multitude of uses for the wood.
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Holly is our commonest native evergreen tree, it is so popular that it is widely grown in gardens and there are numerous cultivated versions grown for their colour.
Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
The Rowan is an attractive, slender tree with silvery-brown bark, creamy-white spring flowers and clusters of brilliant scarlet autumn berries.
Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
The sessile oak is so-named because its acorns are not carried on stalks (peduncles) but directly on the outer twigs (sessile). It is commonest in the north and west of Britain.
Silver birch (Betula pendula)
The silver birch is a graceful and attractive tree with its light airy foliage and distinctive white peeling bark. It has been an inspiration to writers, poets and artists in every season throughout the centuries.
Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)
Introduced to Britain over 2000 years ago, sweet chestnuts are often considered an 'honorary' native trees. Mature trees are usually magnificent in size, with many having huge hollow trunks that several people can fit into at once.
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
A tree of contradictory perceptions; once loved as a shade tree it now bears the scorn of some countryside organisations that see it as a 'weed' which needs to be removed.
Wild cherry (Prunus avium)
The wild cherry is arguably the most ornamental of our native woodland trees. The 'avium' in the latin name refers to birds which eat the cherries as soon as they are ripe.