Archive for December, 2013

December has rolled in too soon, Christmas is very much announced, I have had my memo about this from a variety of people. The Abney Park winter fair is planned for 14th December 10am to 3pm (See Abney’s excellent revamped site for more info.) and the traditional New Year’s Day Walk by Russell Miller is planned for 2pm, (More details on the newly improved and restructured Sustainable Hackney site hosting the Tree Musketeers as well as Abney Park Users Group).

Along with the colder weather, following the patch of downpours, there isn’t a lot of ‘soft’ fungus or slime molds about. The harder and more resilient brackets are still in evidence, and there are find examples of oyster fungus in Clissold Park, but I haven’t seen much in Abney. I did gather a small cluster of dead wood, covered in lichen, that were sitting lodged in the branches of smaller trees after the recent storm. The wood looked about right to maybe develop slime molds. The small plies created have vanished. Looking about and¬† other similar portable chunks of branches have also vanished. I suspect log fires around Stoke Newington will be benefiting from their disappearance. I can tell anyone who has removed them that a few of the branches have come back to my place temporarily¬† and been looked at more closely, and they are covered with microscopic insects, small fungi and other invertebrates. Wood for fires is available in bags from the front of Abney (purchase via the front office).

For now there are still some golden leaves shimmering on the trees to enjoy. (Flicker file December 2013 Abney Park)


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