Along one side of the village cricket field is a line of Poplar trees. Many places seem to use these as wind breaks. There are several local farms where they have been planted round the dwellings, especially on flat open land where there is nothing else to break up the wind as it howls across the landscape.
I usually photograph the line of Poplars 'face on' but yesterday decided to try 'end on':
and closer views for a change:
Although they grow virtually straight up to a fair old height (50 to 165 feet) they are able to withstand gale force winds as the wood is very flexible. These are a member of the Willow family and like the weeping willow have extensive root systems and are not really suitable as a tree for small gardens.
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