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Lime (Tillia) English Oak
Lime (Tillia) English Oak
Hornbeam Siver Birch
Hornbeam Siver Birch
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
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Ham Down Woodland
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Bere Marsh Farm
Shillingstone
Dorset DT11OQY
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Native Trees
Small Leaf Lime (Tillia)

Native tree, known to have been abundant throughout England in antiquity but nowadays more usually confined in the wild to woodland areas.  

Stands of wild Small Leaf Lime trees may indicate the area as ancient woodland. Small-leaved Lime is a deciduous tree, up to 25 m in height, with a main trunk often forking above and a smooth grey bark which breaks up into plates later. It is a native of woods on deep, fertile, base-rich soils

The Small Leaf Lime tree can grow in excess of 30m. tall  The wood beneath the bark of this tree is known as ‘bast’ and was historically used to make low grade cords or ropes. It is soft and even-grained, ideal for carving and was used by one of England's best known carvers, Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721).

Nowadays the Small Leaf Lime is typically found growing on ancient banks in woodlands in the south of England.  
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