Folkestone is a small seaside fishing town found on the south east coast of Kent. The town is surrounded by a bare, sandy landscape which has long since been developed over time with large villas and more modern housing. The exception to this large housing development is found around the small forested hilltop area of Leas cliffs. This green space provides a welcome relief to Folkestone’s otherwise barren surroundings.
The trees found in Folkestone are largely overshadowed by the large housing developments and the sea. The one exception to this is on Leas cliff, where a small forest of different species has been left undisturbed, providing a welcoming space for wildlife. Original forest species such as oak are the most abundant here with other species such as hawthorn and holly making up some of the flowering plants. The human presence has not impacted on these areas of woodland that can be seen along both sides of the cliff top path.
Caring for oak trees in Folkestone
As a local tree surgeon service, we regularly provide care for oak trees. The health of oak trees is heavily dependent on the environment that they’re planted in. When grown around Folkestone, we recommend treating your oaks with organic weed control treatments to protect them from invasive plants which can cause problems for the tree. We also prune and care for juniper species in parks and gardens throughout our service area.
Damage to oak trees in Folkestone
If you’re concerned about the health of your oaks at home, our arboricultural services can provide a detailed inspection and diagnosis of any damage that may have occurred. We’ve seen many examples in our time working throughout Kent where this has been the case.
Our arboricultural team will be able to see if root disease has setup in your trees and inspect whether the cause is fungal or bacterial, and suggest ways of treatment. We can also diagnose and treat wood boring insects; these are just as dangerous for oaks as they are for any other species so we’ll provide all the right solutions to make sure that your trees are protected.
We’ve seen many examples in our time working throughout Kent where this has been the case.
Trees around Folkestone can be an excellent addition to any garden design, with large oaks providing shade and shelter from the elements especially in summer months. In winter months we see ahost of different birds fly through the trees, adding a new dimension to garden walks. If you’re concerned about any damage that may be impacting on your trees, we can provide all the professional support you need to keep your Folkestone trees in check and make sure they live long and healthy lives.
The Hawthorn tree is a popular choice for gardeners all over the UK. The species is known for its beautiful bright red and pink flowers in springtime, which pile up high on branches that are often twisted to create a beautiful frame.
Hawthorns are one of the last deciduous trees that have leaves in autumn, remaining green until December before they change colour and fall from the tree. This makes them an excellent addition to any garden design as they provide both flowers and shade in summer months.
As with other deciduous trees, it’s important that you care for them correctly to ensure their longevity. For instance, we recommend protecting your hawthorn trees from damaging invasive plants such as ivy which can damage the surface of the bark. The sap from ivy can seep through the bark to encourage fungal growth within the tree and cause it serious damage over time.
Hawthorn trees are often used for hedge planting; their strong branches create a solid barrier which may be perfect for fencing off your garden from neighbours. They’re also great companions for other plants. An example of this is the Lady’s Mantle plant, which can be found in abundance by the side of Hawthorn trees along Leas cliff area of Folkestone.
Caring for hawthorns in Folkestone
As a local tree surgeon service, we regularly provide care for hawthorn trees. The health of hawthorn trees is heavily dependent on the environment that they’re planted in. When grown around Folkestone, we recommend treating your hawthorns with organic weed control treatments to protect them from invasive plants which can cause problems for the tree.
Hawthorn trees have become an important part of Folkestone’s local landscape as they provide a colourful array of flowers, which is what makes them so popular with gardeners. However, you’ll still find that hawthorns are being planted in local parks and gardens to create beautiful green spaces.
We’ve provided all the right support for a number of different Folkestone residents who have needed professional care for their hawthorn trees; we always make sure that we are keeping them protected with solutions such as tree guards to keep out animal pests and diseases.
Juniper Tree Maintenance
Juniper trees are well known for their pine-like growth on older specimens. They have large cones as a result of this which fall apart as they mature, spreading seeds around the landscape. Junipers grow best in slightly acidic soils and can cope with sandy and rocky areas too so are often found in townland side streets where soil quality is poor.
Some of our older juniper trees that we care for have also grown berries which birds and other woodland creatures will be attracted towards. The berries are poisonous to humans but can still make a great addition to any forest themed garden design. As part of our service, we’ll prune back the mature parts of your junipers so that they don’t lose their natural shape, helping them to cope with Folkestone’s harsh weather conditions.
Local foliage and wildlife
At the bottom of Leas cliff is a small green area, known as The Leas and made up of mixed trees. This grassed space provides cover for birds and mammals to find refuge from the urban setting that surrounds them. Species found here include Dawson’s hedgehog and long-eared bat. In addition to these mammals two common bird species are found here, great tit and robin.
The cliff top woodland is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals which have been attracted to the abundance of food left by visitors. All year round species such as blue tits, blackbirds and sparrows can be seen in these areas. More seasonal migrants include stock doves
The Laurel Road Gardens is located here; a small park area with many mature trees, gardens and floral displays. This is just one of the larger green spaces in Folkestone that provides some fresh air and green space for you to enjoy.
As you climb up onto the Leas cliffs you’ll find yourself surrounded by a forested hillside known as Tower Hill Woodlands. This sprawling woodland area provides a sanctuary for many native wildlife species and includes a small valley with dense woodlands, flowering plants, wild flowers and trees.
Birds such as blackbirds, chaffinches, sparrows and robins can be heard here throughout the year. Mammals such as foxes, badgers and hares can also be found here.
There are many smaller woodlands and parks in Folkestone including: West Cliff Gardens, Leas Cliff Woods and South Cliff Gardens. All of which provide a range of beautiful green areas to enjoy.
Tree Care Services in Folkestone
At N J Apps, we have experience caring for a whole range of trees and properties across Folkestone. If you would like to book a free quotation, please visit our tree surgery Folkestone Kent page. Alternatively, complete the form below.
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