DAY 39 (14 MAY) – Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) (Farnham)
Another of my favourite trees. When a whole row near my childhood home was chopped down I felt as though part of my history had been felled. The council said they were a hazard. Most likely a small branch fell during a storm. Worth the risk…
Horrible to read that it’s the most endangered native timber tree in Britain (Forestry Commission). And, according to the Woodland Trust, “it is rarely found” except in Shropshire, Cheshire, Somerset and East Anglia.
But we have this beautiful curved row here along the River Wey. I love how they sway wispily in the wind. Plus they remind me of driving across France. Bliss.