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More cherry, vicar?

Matthew Chatfield
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Look at all those cherry trees. Lovely blossom, eh? Cherry is these days an almost ubiquitous tree in urban environments, and for a few short weeks in spring casts a delightful pink haze across our towns and cities.

Cherry blossom © Xerones

This year the Natural History Museum has started a survey of cherry trees, because they’re not all the same. Cherry trees are really easy to spot, especially at this time of year, and there are some good online resources to help ID them including a very impressive interactive cherry identification key, with a slightly more practical print-out-and-keep version too. It’ll be fun to see what sort of cherry you’ve got in your street, park or woods; and also helps with a wider scientific project to study urban trees. So go on, check out a cherry today! (thanks to Jon Heuch via UKTC)

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

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