This finely-shaped English oak by the River Thame makes a backgound for the profusion of meadow wildflowers, particularly buttercups (Ranunculus acris, bulbosus and repens).
Oak tree and spring flowers
Buck Pool is named after a 17th century Oxfordshire word for a basket to catch eels or a frame supporting the basket attached to a sluice. The picture shows a veteran black poplar (Populus nigra), once prevalent along the river Thame, and the meadow beyond.
Buck pool and meadow with black poplar
There are a number of 'veteran' willows which are pollarded regularly. Some boughs have fallen, but these are being maintained for their landscape value.
Veteran willows pollarded 15 March 1997
The new osier copse under water. Osiers thrive in damp conditions. This clump of osiers planted on 24th Jan 2001 will make an attractive feature. Regular coppicing will produce withies for river bank maintenance.