I've re-vamped a page which was intended for my Frodsham site (when I eventually do it), which illustrates the seasons as seen in the trees in and around Frodsham. Many of the photos were taken in Castle Park - a mixture of formal gardens, woodland, playground, and sports facilities, and an excellent place for dog-walking!

Seen from a distance Frodsham and its Hill seem to be a mass of foliage, but getting in closer shows that this is not the case, and on the marsh stunted growth is normal: it gets very windy and (whisper) there are chemical works close by.

The grounds of Castle Park contain a large variety of trees, some of which are unusual, some of which are of interest because of their grouping. I don't know how unusual a weeping Beech tree is, but it's quite a feature in the Park.

The sports field was originally laid out as parkland and had oak trees planted in iron cages to stop animals from damaging the lower branches. Other oak trees have grown, and some have disappeared - and in a couple of cases the trees have grown so much that the iron cages are inside the trunk of the tree, which will cause a few problems for the chain-saw gang sometime in the future. There are five oak trees growing on the field at present, encircled by the running-track.

An experiment in grafting by a gardener many years ago has given us a "tree with a hole"...

The white mark on the "close-up" indicates that the tree was to be felled during a scheme to return the tree-planting to the original plans. Following protests, the tree is safe - for the moment.

Walking through any woodland gives changes of vista, and this is true in Castle Park, where even time of day can change the view among the trees:

Change of season changes the scene, too. The tree in full autumn colours which stands out from its background is lost once the leaves have gone (below: left, and lower right). and the conifer will soon blend in with its background once its new "needles" mature.