Prior to our Tree Survey, planned for 2019, we estimate there are over 200 trees in the Park and that each is a different species or hybrid. Blakers has an extraordinarily diverse range of species for such a small park.This number includes some particularly notable trees such as a Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), from North America and the trunk of which was used by Native Americans to make canoes, a Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) of which the leaves were used to make crowns to honour people in ancient Greece as well as native species of Elm, Oak and Cherry originating from America, China, Europe and Japan.
Why are our trees so important?
Firstly, they’re supercities for creatures! Over 350 different insects have been recorded on a single oak tree. These insects attract birds and create huge biodiversity in our city
Secondly – and just as importantly- is to help combat pollution. Trees can intercept and absorb air pollution and the larger the better. The biggest trees in our park might absorb 70 times more pollutants than our smaller garden trees so it’s vital we look after these big giants!
Whilst all trees help clean the air, you might be interested to know that some species perform better than others. That’s why we will be doing what we can to introduce species that are suited to the microclimate of the park, that offer the greatest biodiversity and also complement the character of the park in the future.
The glorious pine tree above (pinus spp.) on the Southdown Road side is probably the oldest tree in Blakers Park.