Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

The base of a mature oak tree trunk showing signs of a large burr. On the woodland floor is a carpet of bluebells.

Bluebells, Burrs, and the Oak Tree

A return to the enchanting Valley Garden in Bransdale; the woodland floor is adorned with a vibrant carpet of blooming bluebells beneath the shade of a magnificent oak tree. Its base boasts a remarkable feature—a large burr, a fascinating clue to the tree’s history and resilience.

Burrs are a peculiar growth resembling warts, and can be found on various trees, but they are particularly common on oak trees. They typically develop in response to stress, whether caused by injury, viral or fungal infection, or as a defensive mechanism against the relentless onslaught of insect larvae such as wasps, flies, and mites.

The wood inside the burr can reveal unique patterns which make it much prized by woodworkers.







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