FAIRY­TALE TREES

Somerset Life - - CHARD RESERVOIR -

The leafy wood­lands that edge the reser­voir pro­vide the per­fect chance to dis­cover an ar­ray of na­tive trees such as oak, ash, beech and holly as well as lau­rel and rhodo­den­dron. Some of the old­est trees date back 250 years,

‘In sum­mer, the but­ter­cup meadow is awash with marsh or­chids, ox eye daisies and yarrow.’

giv­ing it a fairy­tale at­mos­phere. My chil­dren are con­vinced that fairies and pix­ies live within the branches and roots. Many ex­otic species of trees also flour­ish and you will find glo­ri­ous mon­key puz­zle trees and grand firs in­ter­twined with more in­dige­nous va­ri­eties.

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