Hawthorn flowers later than blackthorn but is, perhaps, even more spectacular. This tree is similar to blackthorn, with smaller thorns (they’re still sharp, though!) and brown rather than blackish wood. The leaves grow first followed by bright white flowers giving a superb contrast between the two. They have a strong scent, too, that can be enjoyed whilst admiring the shrub’s beauty. Hawthorn appears almost everywhere so will be very visible at the end of April.
Our woodlands are greening up but contain a few flowering specimens, too. Crab apples, with their gnarled, twisted trunks and branches, can fade into the background in winter. In spring, however, they can burst into life; thousands of white flowers seemingly covering the entire tree. At this time of year, the crab apples stick out like a sore thumb. There are several in and around Hob Hey Wood. Can you find any?