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Witton Gilbert Dene is a hidden pocket of tranquillity just off the main Durham to Lanchester Road. A handy map and description of the wildlife is available as a download (pdf) from Durham County Council Countryside Service.

Fran Mudd from the Wild Woods Project invited me to run a winter tree identification session for The Friends of Witton Dene. For a couple of hours we adorned the inside of the beautiful 12th century St Michael's & All Angels church with a selection of twigs and photos before a walk through the woods to tackle the quiz.

If you're looking for some tips on identifying trees in winter then have a look at Phil Gates blog, A Cabinet of Curiosities. It contains some great botanical identification tips, mostly around real places and images in County Durham, as well as the following blog entries on winter trees: buds1 - buds2 - buds3 - buds4, and bark1 - bark2 - bark3 - bark4
St Michael & All AngelsSt Michael & All Angels -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-06-53 GMTSt Michael & All Angels -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-08-20 GMTSt Michael & All Angels -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-09-18 GMTSt Michael & All Angels -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-09-24 GMTInformation Panel - St Michael & All Angels -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-09-56 GMTFagaceae - Fagales - Fagus - Fagus sylvatica (Beech) - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Witton Gilbert Dene -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-13-56 GMTAcer - Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) - Botanical feature - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Sapindaceae - Sapindales - Witton Gilbert Dene - bark - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_win -- Thu 19 Jan 2012Acer - Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) - Botanical feature - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Sapindaceae - Sapindales - Witton Gilbert Dene - bark - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_win -- Thu 19 Jan 2012Fraxinus - Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash) - Lamiales - Oleaceae - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Witton Gilbert Dene - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_winter -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-19-02 GMTFraxinus - Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash) - Lamiales - Oleaceae - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Witton Gilbert Dene - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_winter -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-19-56 GMTFraxinus - Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash) - Lamiales - Oleaceae - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Witton Gilbert Dene - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_winter -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-20-21 GMTAcer - Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Sapindaceae - Sapindales - Witton Gilbert Dene - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_winter -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-24-11 GMTFraxinus - Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash) - Lamiales - Oleaceae - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Witton Gilbert Dene -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-24-45 GMTInformation Panel - Witton Gilbert Dene -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-25-15 GMTWitton Gilbert Dene -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-32-30 GMTCaprifoliaceae - Dipsacales - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Sambucus - Sambucus nigra (Elder) - Witton Gilbert Dene - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_winter -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-33-07 GMTCaprifoliaceae - Dipsacales - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Sambucus - Sambucus nigra (Elder) - Witton Gilbert Dene - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_winter -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-33-29 GMTCaprifoliaceae - Dipsacales - Plantae - Plantae - Order - Sambucus - Sambucus nigra (Elder) - Witton Gilbert Dene - ident_image - ident_tree - ident_winter -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-34-23 GMTPinales - Pinophyta - Pinopsida - Plantae - Taxaceae - Taxus - Taxus baccata (Yew) - Witton Gilbert Dene -- Thu 19 Jan 2012 11-36-50 GMT

Categories & Keywords
Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Forests
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Keywords:arboriculture, broadleaved, tree identification, winter twigs, woodland