Friday, 26 June 2009
Beeches, Round Hill
24 April. Beech trees were planted in the 1740s on the crown of Round Hill and Castle Mound, two peaks of the Sinodun Hills, or Wittenham Clumps. Over two thousand trees were planted on Round Hill between 1985 and 2000 and in 2004 other trees were planted on the Clumps to replace the ageing beech, a relatively short-lived species, having a life-span of around 250 years. Beech trees have been suffering from thin foliation in recent years, probably due to climate change, and the introduction of other species guards the Clumps against its uncertain future.