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The Green itself is divided into three sections, all with trees.


On the section nearest St. Giles Church are three sycamore and a horse chestnut, all big and apparently good for some years yet.


On the centre section, one big old sycamore, nearest the church is getting thin and past its prime.  There are four other old sycamore in better condition but with some dead branches, a young copper beech and a good lime, which will make good trees if left undamaged, and a Norway Maple, Horse Chestnut and Whitebeam planted in the Spring of this year.


In a corner of the churchyard fronting the Green is a good copper beech.  Along the east boundary is a row of five tall old lime and a Beech, apparently in good condition and good for some years yet; and an old birch tree which will not last for many more years.


On the opposite side of the churchyard next to the copper beech is a small weeping elm, and along the path leading to the church door are a cypress and four Irish yews.  Last spring two flowering almonds, a flowering cherry, a Norway Maple, a beech and two groups of three birch were planted in the churchyard and a Horse Chestnut outside the churchyard wall at the end of church lane.


There are various trees (or in some cases no trees) in gardens and grounds adjoining the Green.


In the Garden of Manor Garth, adjoining the churchyard, is a fine old sycamore tree, the only survivor of  agood clump of trees felled to make way for the house and two hollies.


In the grounds of Skelton Hall adjoining the Green are half a dozen yew and a rather poor walnut.


In the adjoining garden of the Little House are two reasonably good old beech. In Skelton Cottage garden are two big old beech, one of them with a pronounced lean, and a row of young trees.  Skelton Hall grounds contain many good trees.  In the garden of Skelton Croft are young birch, willow, larch, and elm.  The most conspicuous treeless gap adjoining the Green is the old orchard belonging to the farm.  There are some fruit trees visible, and two small ash at the eastern end but no hedgerow trees.


Round the corner, in the same orchard fronting Orchard View, are two old lime trees, and a view of old fruit trees in the orchard.


Church Lane, St. Giles Road, and The Village


Going up Church Lane from the main road there is a belt of poplars and other trees in the field on the left, and four old ash and a holly in the hedgerow on the left hand side of the road,the ash all in an advanced state of decrepitude.


On the right, in the Gablehurst hedgerow, are two big old ash, one of which has much dead crown and is quite unsafe; a scraggy old oak, recently broken, two younger ash, two younger sycamore, and some pollarded lime.

On the corner at St. Giles a good sycamore.


In Green Mantle garden on the left are an old ash, past its best but good for some time yet; three fair Austrian pine, several young ash and sycamore, and many recently planted trees.

In the Rectory garden on the right are a group of trees planted last spring, a young ash in the hedge opposite the house, three young birch at the back and a number of decorative trees in the garden which in due course will be visible from outside.


The Old Orchard garden on the left contains a poplar behind the hedge and a great number of attractive trees which in due course will show from outside.


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There are no trees visible from the road in the Blacksmith Arms garden.


In The Dell are three small cedars, two of which are in gardens and some small garden trees.


Adjoining the stretch of St. Giles Road running from the British Legion Club are a number of young trees in and outside gardens, and an old decrepit ash in the corner of Gablehurst garden. Along the main A19 road in the hedgerow forming the boundary of gardens belong ing to houses in the Meadows are a number of small ash, some of which would make reasonable hedgerow trees with a little attention.


In The Village, opposite the Post Office in the garden of Skelton Croft, are a nice birch and an apple tree.


Moorlands Road

Going east from The Green, in the gardens of the Old Rectory, are some handsome trees, (beech, ash, scots pine and Robinia).


Opposite, in the garden of Crookhill Cottage, are young trees the two good tall limes in the hedge of Crookhill.


To the east of Crookhill is a row of old beech running at right angles to the road. Adjoining this, facing the Village Hall, ( where a whitebeam and rowan were planted last spring),is a small wood of old and middle aged hardwoods, obviously a very important feature.


Running east from this wood on the same side of the road is a row of rather poor hedgerow oak, ash and lime, and then another small wood of old and middle aged hardwoods, again an important amenity.  The fields to the north of the road contain a number of old park trees but there appear to have been many casualties which have not been replaced.


Beyond this, the road is lined on the north side, and along one stretch on the south side too, with well grown old oak making an attractive entrance to Skelton from the east. Most of the trees appear sound, but there are some gaps, and some trees have suffered gale damage.


The houses along Moorlands Road have various young trees in their front gardens and trees at the back visible from the road.


On St. Catherine's farm are some reason ably good hedgerow trees a nice old orchard and some scruffy young conifers.




Going into Brecksfields from the Village Hall are four scraggy and probably unsound ash trees, including one at the entrance to the school.  Though poor they are worth keeping for as long as possible.


Turning right past the School, on a strip of grass outside numbers 36 to 48 are four reasonable middle aged oak, with some more oak and some hawthorn in the field beyond.


The school grounds contain groups of young horse chestnut and together with some older ash and other trees in the hedgerows.  On the northern boundary, at the bottom of the Moorlands Road gardens, are a number of pleasant thorns and fruit trees, an old willow and ash, oak and poplar.


Along the muddy footpath south of the school grounds, in the hedgerow bounding the gardens south of it, are smallish scruffy elm and other trees which add to the amenities.


A few of the front and back gardens in Brecksfields contain small trees including a number of birch, rowan, whitebeam planted last spring.

Trees in Skelton 1976