The native Black Poplar, Populus nigra var betufolia, is one of Britain's most endangered trees and consequently has many stories to tell...
To find out more about Black Poplars including where to find them, why not walk the Black Poplar Trail?
The Black Poplar Trail passes through Millhoppers Nature Reserve, the first butterfly conservation site to have been created in the county. Amongst the many species which can be found there are the Marbled White Butterfly and the Poplar Hawk-Moth.
One of the trees to be found in the Millhopper section of the black poplar trail is this fine old specimen, the most ancient on the trail, estimated to be 350 years old! In its time it has been a climbing tree for local children (although climbing is now banned due to its extreme age), and has even been the study of a university thesis.