G2. Cut diagonally across the third field and enter the wood, where there is a bench on your right. Follow Broad Walk, taking the first right into Beech Grove.


As you cross the field look back to the Red Osier Dogwood 9 in the hedgerow. This has distinctive red twigs that stand out all through the winter. The Common Dogwood 10 at the top of the path by the entrance to the wood is less showy with purple twigs and black berries.

In Broad Walk, English Oaks 11 dominate with their deeply grooved bark and twisted branches. The bark is relatively soft and corky and flakes can be broken off. The buds are brown and stubby, alternate and grouped into a cluster at the end of the twig. The first tree to your right on entering Broad Walk carries the sign for Langford’s Way, which crosses at this point. That is rather atypical for an Oak as there are 3 trunks from the base - most have a single substantial trunk. Along Broad Walk look out too for more Field Maple and Beech 12 with bright smooth grey bark and buds that are brown, long and slim with a cigar-like roll.

In Beech Grove you will pass beneath two massive evergreen Yews 13, which have wide spreading branches that droop to the ground forming a tent. At the time of the Domesday Book a line of Yews was planted to mark the boundary between Addington and Croydon and these are almost certainly descendants. Look out too for Sweet Chestnut 14 the spiky nut cases of which can seen on the ground throughout the winter. This has grey bark with a deep, latticed pattern that often appears to have been twisted round. Also on this stretch look out for everyone’s winter favourite, the evergreen Holly 15.


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