The Tuesday tree: beech woods in springtime
In this greenest of Easter-tides, we are looking about us just chuckling with amazement at the lush landscape. Our beech trees are usually just beginning to break into leaf around the beginning of May: this April, they are already in the full juicy green of Spring. The woods are full of birdsong and the susurrus of new leaves. In the distance a woodpecker drums on a tree-trunk. It is a warm afternoon. Wood pigeons murmur; a bee drones past. You can drink this place in like the elixir of life.
Philip Larkin wrote an apposite poem which I used to illustrate spring beech trees last May. I’ve shown the same beech woods in their full September foliage here, and in the amber gold of autumn – my other favourite time of year for beech trees – here.