- Wild Service
- Botanical Name
- Sorbus terminalis
- Outside 78 Cobham Road.
- Grid Reference: TQ 15359, 56181
- Latitude, Longitude: 51.29308, -0.34693
- Girth (circumference of trunk at 1.5m height)
- 0.76 meters
- Estimated Age
- 43 years
- This is a medium sized tree with fissured bark. The leaves are very distinctive, being deeply lobed with some similarity to maple leaves. White blossom in May is similar to hawthorn. In late October the leaves turn red or russet tinged with copper and ochre. The berries are edible one they have become softened or "bletted" by frost.
- About this species
- This is a slow growing native tree. In the wild it is an indicator of ancient woodland where it grows on clay soils. It spreads almost exclusively by suckers so cannot break out of ancient woodland. The fruit are known as chequers from their speckled appearance. An alcoholic drink used to be made from the fruit which may be the reason for the popularity of the pub name of "Chequers".
- Local Information
- This one was possibly planted when the houses were built. Look out for another along this side of the road nearer the village.