Funding came from Whitefriars Housing, Santander Bank and Warwick Volunteers, an organisation connecting students and staff at the university with community volunteering projects, who all donated cash to buy the trees, including oaks, cherry, hazel, field maple
and Scots pine.
These include some obvious examples such as Acer campeste, the field maple
that buzzes for two weeks when it is in flower in spring, three different hollies that need the pollinators to help produce the berries that feed the birds in winter and two different eating apples that provide us with valuable fruits in autumn.
From the higher areas of the park there are extensive views up and down the River Tyne and the northern section of the park is a landscaped grass area with willow, cherry, field maple
and hawthorn trees.
Elder, hazel and field maple
make attractive fillers, and guelder rose, viburnum opulus or the wayfaring tree, viburnum lantana, will add white blossom and berries.
Consider planting some native shrubs and trees such as Acer campestre (Field Maple
), Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn), Ilex aquifolium (English Holly), Malus prunifolia (Crab apple), Euonymus europaeus (Spindle), Viburnum opulus (Guelder rose) and the non-native Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight' (Butterfly bush).
The location is idyllic, say the agents, with lovely views over the Herefordshire landscape and surrounding woodlands with ash, oak, larch, hazel, field maple
, wild cherry, lime holly and much more.
104 St Acer campestre (field maple
), stalk, 125 to 150 cm
Credit: Dan van den Toorn An old field maple
in Middlesbrough Credit: Wildflower Ark
Next is a British native, Acer campestre, our Field Maple
, often seen in hedgerows, which colours to a soft butter yellow.
Other good autumn choices are snake bark maples like acer davidii George Forrest, with its red-stalked leaves, and the native field maple
davidii "George Forrest", with its red-stalked leaves, and the native field maple
Plant mixed hedges such as hawthorn, yew and field maple
to attract wildlife, while berried shrubs will be a magnet for birds.