Ash Tree (Fraxinus excelsior): Meet Blockhouse’s beautiful Ash Tree! The ash tree is easily identified in winter by its distinctive black, knobly leaf buds arranged opposite each other at the tips of its branches. Can you spot them? Ash timber is unique in that it is one of the toughest hardwoods yet it is also surprisingly shock absorbent; you can test this yourself by softly tugging on one of its branches.

Unfortunately, Ash dieback is currently sweeping through the UK and it is thought that thousands of ash trees will die, potentially changing the UK landscape altogether.