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Ladies Lime

Ladies Lime - photo by Janet AndersThis tree can be found on the cricket pitch on Chorleywood Common. It was one of a pair planted by George Clarke in the 1880s to give some shade for the ladies watching cricket. One tree died long ago and this one is now under threat because of a need to move the pitch further from the A404 Rickmansworth Road.

These tall and stately trees, that can reach up to 50m, are widespread in parks and avenues. Follow this link to see the lime avenue in Luton Hoo.

The main draw back to lime trees, as you will no doubt have experienced if you have ever parked beneath one in summer, is the sticky sweet liquid called honeydew which is secreted by aphids feeding on the leaves.



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