The trees that make up the avenue are hybrids between Large-leaved and Small-Leaved Limes. They are prone to producing "epicormic growths" (suckers), which both:
- drain energy from the main trunk
- produce a mini forest at ground level.
|Before and After - epicormic growths (suckers) have been removed.|
|Stripping away leaf litter to get at older suckers.|
|Fungi - about 7 inches across - Jan 2018|
|White-lipped Snails with their "doors" closed - Jan 2018|
Lime Tree Avenue is important to Uckfield for a number of reasons. It is a real connection with the past. These wonderful old trees are one of the few remaining connections with Uckfield House. If you look on the Memories of Uckfield Facebook group (login required), you will see many stories concerning local people's experiences of Lime Tree Avenue.
Lime Tree Avenue acts as a "vertical nature reserve" that provides a home and food for many creatures. While we were working, we saw Robins, Dunnocks (Hedge Sparrows) and others, almost at ground level. How many others must there be in those tall trees?
|Cow Parsley - 30 December 2017|
|Honeybee on Alexanders in Lime Tree Avenue - April 2015|
|Ivy Bee - September 2015|
|Beautiful Demoiselle - May 2017|
|Frog and Primroses - Feb 2016|
As well as providing a home and restaurant for all sorts of creatures, Lime Tree Avenue is a highway - a "wildlife corridor" that enables insects, birds and other animals to get from one green space to another. If a food source runs low in one place they can use a wildlife corridor to travel to another and live to munch another day. I particularly enjoy seeing wildlife in our Manor Park garden and I'm sure I would see less if we didn't have wildlife corridors such as Lime Tree Avenue, the Railway and the River Uck nearby.
|Tiny creatures from the leaf litter - 6 Jan 2018.|
Between them LS and DA suggested that the white larva was a beetle - probably Staphylinae (Rove beetle) or may be carabinae. DA had spotted something else. Just above the beetle, by its legs, there are some tiny snails. She thinks these are probably Pupilla sp. (Chrysalis Snails) or Vertigo species. You might think that these are babies but this type of snail is just very, very small.