Sunday, 21 June 2015

You won a street tree!

Our congratulations to Kate who was the outright winner of our 2015 BrocSoc Tree Quiz which we were running on our stall at the Midsummer Fayre yesterday. She wins a new tree in her street courtesy of Brockley Society, to be planted this coming season.  

We were kept busy all afternoon talking about our work to raise awareness of our street tree planting initiative, the next Tree Enthusiast event on Sunday 5th July (see tab above), and, of course, the quiz. We had an interesting groundswell of interest about new street tree planting in the streets around Overcliff, Sandrock, and Shell Roads, and intend to put these neighbours in touch with each other. 

We thought we'd give the answers to our quiz here to satisfy the curiosity of those who were stumped by some of the more difficult questions: 

The 2015 BrocSoc Tree Quiz

1. Have a look at the glass plate on the table. Can you name these 4 common tree species just by looking at their leaves? They are all found on Hilly Fields

Top left Ash/Top right Lime
Bottom left Horse Chestnut/Bottom right Oak

2. A row of trees runs up the right hand side of the path from Hilly Fields Crescent to the fork just before the cafe.  How many in the row?  (Twelve / Ten / Eight)

            a. What species are they? London Plane

            b. One of them is different. What species is it? ­­­­­Oak 

3. What variety of tree has its finest surviving specimen in Ladywell? ­Elm

4. Which of these three trees is not deciduous? a) English Oak b) American Oak 
c) Holm Oak

5. If you wanted to buy a tall upright tree what Latin word would you look for in the name? a) baccata b) fastigiata c) pendula 

6. What species of tree in Hilly Fields blew down in the St Jude’s day storm of 27th October 2013 and is now painted red and yellow? Black Poplar

7. Which species of tree has the greatest biodiversity (ie. supports the largest number of insects, mosses, ferns, lichens, fungi etc) Oak

8. According to an old English rhyme, the wood of which tree makes the best firewood? ­­­Ash

Here's the rhyme: 

Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear 
If the logs are kept a year; 
Store your beech for Christmastide 
With new-cut holly laid beside; 
Chestnut's only good, they say, 
If for years 'tis stored away; 
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast 
Blaze too bright and do not last; 
Flames from larch will shoot up high, 
Dangerously the sparks will fly; 
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown 
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown. 

Oaken logs, if dry and old, 
Keep away the winter's cold; 
Poplar gives a bitter smoke, 
Fills your eyes and makes you choke; 
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould, 
E'en the very flames are cold; 
It is by the Irish said; 
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread, 
Apple-wood will scent the room, 
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom; 
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry 
A King may warm his slippers by. 


9. In Norse mythology, from which tree was the first woman made? ­­­­­Rowan

10. The dashboard of the Jaguar car is traditionally made from the wood of which nut-bearing tree? ­(Burr) Walnut

Tie breaker: How many trees are there on Hilly Fields? +/- 750