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Guide to UK Trees

By Geoff Griffiths @mmatraining1980

Nothing to do with MMA – sorry – however, I thought this would be very useful for educating the kids whilst going on one of our very common walks in the woods and countryside. It’s also interesting for me to find out and have a future reference.

Most Common UK Trees

European ash

Guide to UK Trees
Guide to UK Trees



Aspen – Populus Tremula

Guide to UK Trees

The leaves are easily damaged by sunlight.

The top leaves move a lot, so the lower leaves get their fair share of sunlight

The trees can be interconnected underground – the same tree is effectively produces several trees all connected together.

Guide to UK Trees

Birch leaves are much more triangular in shape


Silver Birch – Betula Pendula

Birch can live to about 80 years old.

The bark sheds layers, like skin

Leaves are small and triangular with a toothed edge.

Prefer light, dry and acidic soils.




Sessile Oak – Quercus Petraea




Sweet Chestnut – Castanea Sativa


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