Beech Leaf


Overview: Common beech is often seen as a feminine tree and particularly 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. A magnificent large deciduous tree. The nut is known as mast and occurs in abundance every five to eight years. It is nutritious and rich in oil and attractive to birds and mammals including deer.

Leaf Shape: Glossy oval leaf, edges are smooth and are fringed with silky brown hairs.

Where found:  A mature Beech and Wych/Scotch elm embrace like a Rodin sculpture beside the top gate (map E1).  We have planted young beeches in this area, and also between the Shieling car park and the campfire and beside the front road to the top field (map E4).

Uses past and present:
The timber is used for fuel, furniture, piles, tool handles, kitchen utensils and sports equipment, the timber is one of the highly sought after and therefore expensive woods.
Beech wood also burns well and is used to smoke herrings.


BEECH

Height:          10-35m

Flowers:     April-May

Fruit:          Sept-Nov 

Age: up to 120 years

Fagus sylvatica

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