Above from left shows: early 20th century with no tree; late 20th century with the fairly new tree; early 21st century pretty much as now
How the conkers fall - a series of weekly views
Where the husks and leaves end up...
sWith all the controversy over the horse chestnut tree on Lyng Green and being not only the neighbour to it but also one slightly unfairly accused of wanting its demise (I only wanted it 'dealt' with as it threatens cables and the ditch) I thought it would be helpful if we all knew a bit more about it, hence these pages.
So first off, thanks to our own call and that of Lyng PC, Norfolk Highways were quickly in and removed the significant blockage caused by last years fall of conkers, conker shells and twig and leaves. Hooray and thank you chaps. PICTURES RIGHT
But of course autumn is an annual event and the tree will again drop a significant amount of material in the next few weeks. In fact its near-neighbours of a similar age in the Old Chapel car park have already shed their leaves – although their conker production was risible compared to the tree on the Green.
Anyway watching the leaves fall seemed like a good idea so each Sunday until the end of November you will find the editor standing leaning on the bollard at the end of Cadders Hill aiming to take the same view each week with the dame (pocket) camera on the same settings. The results can be seen in the slide show above, which has the effect of a time-lapse video (but with very different weather every time!).
LEFT: A rather odd comparison here on November 2 when our village tree is retaining a fairly full leaf cover but those on the chapel green car park (in front of the red car) have completely shed theirs.