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London Autumn Harvest Show

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Once again, we are delighted to be helping the RHS create the centerpiece for one of their spectacular shows. The RHS London Autumn Harvest Show is a little different – for once the flowers take a back seat! Set indoors at the RHS Lindley and Lawrence Halls, it is a celebration of all things autumnal. As part of this year’s theme of wild food and responsible foraging, visitors are encouraged to wander through Lindley Wood, a recreation of native woodland that forms the hub of the show. This is obviously where we come in! See below for a sneak preview of the trees we will be featuring. For more information about the show or to order tickets, click here.

Trees Featuring In The Autumn Woodland:

Mespilus germanica.

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More commonly known as Medlar, Mespilus germanica is one of Britain’s most traditional woodland trees. Loved for its spreading shape, large, distinctive white spring flowers, unusual looking edible fruits, and pretty autumn colour, the old-fashioned Medlar rivals the ubiquitous cherry blossom for multi-season interest, and surpasses it in character!


Pinus sylvestris.

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Otherwise known as Scots Pine, Pinus sylvestris is an exceedingly useful evergreen, easy to establish on poor, infertile sites, and quick growing with a loose open habit that provides interest and structure without the oppressive character of so many fast-growing conifers.


Acer campestre.

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The Field Maple is the darling of the countryside, and the star of last spring’s Royal Wedding! With its dainty pinkish spring leaves, its jolly autumn colour, and it’s willingness to be clipped prodded and pruned into a hedgerow, ornamental tree, or something in between, what’s not to like?


Corylus avellana.

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Known to its friends as Hazelnut, Corylus avellana is a mainstay of a well-managed woodland. Traditionally grown as an understory crop, Hazel has provided valuable coppice for centuries, widely used to create the hurdle fencing which remains popular to this day. Its tasty nuts have also played an important role in rural livelihoods, though these days are more often enjoyed by large birds and squirrels. Hazel is easily recognized in February by its shimmering catkins which provide welcome contrast in the bleak winter landscape.

 


Betula pendula.

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One of the most recognizable of our native trees, the white bark of the Silver Birch never fails to delight. More subtle but equally captivating is the floaty, dreamy effect produced when the sunlight and breeze move through its light, graceful branches. The effect is particularly enchanting when the tree is sporting its golden autumn foliage.


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