Just a minute's stroll from the Three Crowns pub of Askett, three black poplars can be found and viewed from the public footpath. The largest of these is an impressive specimen at more than 3 metres in diameter.
Black poplars, so named for their dark bark, are rare but native to the British Isles They like heavy, damp soils and are particularly tolerant of pollution.
It provides soft, pale timber that is traditionally used to make matches, as they do not splinter when struck and easily absorb paraffin wax.
If you are interested in Black poplars, why not check out The Millhoppers Nature Reserve Black Poplar trail.
This tree can be seen from the public footpath
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