Welwyn Garden City Arboretum

Beehive Tree Walk

Take a walk through the Beehive conservation area on the east-side of Welwyn Garden City. There are many unusual trees on the streets and in the open spaces.

A few to look out for in the autumn are:

Black Walnut
(Juglans nigra)
This specimen is at Woodhall. Although small at the moment, this will grow into a large, vigorous tree that will have golden leaves in autumn.
A photo of a Black Walnet Tree in the Woodhall area of WGC
Common, or English, oak
(Quercus robur)

This example, showing splendid colour, is on Beehive Lane. Turning a reddish-brown in autumn, oak trees hold on to their leaves later than most trees.

A photo of a Common Oak in Beehive Lane
Norway Maple
(Acer platanoides)

This can be found in Thumbswood. The picture shows it just starting to change colour, but this large and shapely tree will look wonderful as the weeks go on. Trees in the acer family have some of the best autumn colour. 

A photo of an Norway Maple in Thumbswood

Also known as the mountain ash, is a familiar sight in town and country. It has an abundance of autumn berries, hanging in large clusters, to attract the birds.

A photo of a Common Oak in Beehive Lane
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