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St Andrews Park Lombardy PoplarVotes : 12

Black Poplar  Populus nigra 'Plantierensis'  Find it on BristolTrees

Submitted by Norwegian in Bristol

This tree is a gem for children. A brilliant example of a dead tree, yet with lots of meaning to wildlife and community, and maybe especially to children in the park. This shows how leaving a dead and fallen tree in the right place can create and stimulate exploration and play often with other children and also new friendships. It is mystical, a challenge to climb for the little ones, but at the same time encourages the natural ability for movements in children in relation to nature. Tactile learning is high in this environment which inspires children to touch, explore and investigate a natural phenomenon in a park setting where more “constructed” play grounds are main stream.
This year our group, NIB, celebrated the Norwegian Constitution Day with a picnic in the park on the 17th May, some live in the area others don’t, and the children of course had to climb, explore and be kings and queens of the castle of this magnificent ‘dead’ tree! We are so grateful that these opportunities with dead trees are around and would like to nominate this particular dead tree to Bristol Tree of the Year 2018.
Sadly claimed by the Storm Doris Weather Bomb on Thursday, 23 February 2017 which spit the trunk down the middle exposing extensive internal decay. This was an impressively large tree and is one of David Bland's Veteran trees (RB-38). This tree is not a true Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra 'Italica') but Populus nigra 'Plantierensis' which is still (mistakenly) referred to as the 'Lombardy' Poplar! The girth of the tree, measured at 1.5 metres above the ground, on January 10th 2012, was 517 cm. There is a rule of thumb that can be applied to several trees like oak, that the age of the tree can be approximately determined by dividing the girth (in cm.) at 1.5 m. above the ground, by 2.5. This would give this Black poplar hybrid an age of 207 years. However, the rule does not apply to Black poplar hybrids or Sequoias which have a much faster growth rate. So although it had been thought this tree might have been already growing on the farmland before the park was constructed, it now seems likely that it is no older than the park. This view is supported by the fact that Black Poplars were commonly planted in parks in Victorian times.

Children celebrating the Norwegian Constitution Day on the 17th May

by Ingrid Jahren Scudder on 10 Jun 2018