1. Common Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)

Ash trees can reach 35m, the bark is pale brown to grey and has fissures as the tree ages. Look out in winter for smooth twigs with black velvety buds. The leaves are arranged in pairs and it has purplish flowers before the leaves appear.

The ash has bunches of seeds in autumn rather than the winged seeds of the sycamore. The wood is used for furniture.

Ash Dieback Disease will have a devastating impact on our landscape and the biodiversity of woodlands and hedges.

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