History Articles - The Acklington Black Poplar

For six years I wrote a short history article in the monthly parish magazine, The Pelican.  One of the articles is shown in the column opposite.

Articles can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate title from the index below.

If anyone has any old photographs or parish information which they would like recorded (for present and future generations to share) then please get in touch with me.

    John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
           Telephone: 01670 760609
      Email: jdavison26@btinternet.com

63   Dec 2011 We'll Weather the Weather
62   Nov 2011 Alan's Ackl'n Appearances
61   Oct 2011 Ackl'n Marriages 1913-14
60   Sep 2011 Old Photographs Required
59   Jul 2011 A Tower With A Tale To Tell
58   Jun 2011 A Well Kept Secret
57   May 2011 Fishy Business
56   Apr 2011 Acklington Warrior Stone
55   Mar 2011 The Church of St John
54   Feb 2011 Deep and Chrisp
53   Dec 2010 For Whom The Bell Tolls
52   Nov 2010 Which Village?
51   Oct 2010 A Pilot's Memories
50   Sep 2010 Acklington Black Poplar
49   Jul 2010 Street Names
48   Jun 2010 RAF Memorial
47   May 2010 Crowning Glory
46   Apr 2010 Badminton Club
45   Mar 2010 Murder On The Train
44   Feb 2010 Guyzance Tragedy
43   Dec 2009 Acklington Park
42   Nov 2009 Dye House (Part 2)
41   Sep 2009 Dye House (Part 1)
40   Jul 2009 History Making Heads
39   Jun 2009 Acklington Main Street
38   May 2009 James Raymond Smith
37   Apr 2009 The Age of Steam Trains
36   Mar 2009 Fred Wilson
35   Feb 2009 Guyzance School
34   Dec 2008 Acklington W.I.
33   Nov 2008 Lych Gate
32   Oct 2008 Village Hall Disaster
31   Sep 2008 Summer Crowds
30   Jul 2008 Spot The Differences
29   Jun 2008 Sunday School
28   May 2008 National Finalist
27   Apr 2008 What's in A Name
26   Mar 2008 Railway Inn
25   Feb 2008 Osprey
24   Dec 2007 The Guyzance 10
23   Nov 2007 Bowls Club
22   Oct 2007 Village Harvest
21   Sep 2007 Wedding Bliss
20   Jun 2007 The Other Acklington Artist
19   May 2007 The La'Well Tree
18   Apr 2007 The German Spy
17   Mar 2007 The Winter of 47
16   Feb 2007 Les Birkett's Memories
15   Jan 2007 Railway Station
14   Dec 2006 Jane Chapman
13   Nov 2006 Witches
12   Oct 2006 Jack Taylor
11   Sep 2006 Black Ralph
10   Aug 2006 School Photographs
09   Jul 2006 Pig Killings
08   Jun 2006 Village Hall Disaster
07   May 2006 Cricketers
06   Apr 2006 On Yer Bike
05   Apr 2006 Cricket
04   Mar 2006 Mailbag Robbery
03   Feb 2006 Storm of 1886
02   Jan 2006 Football
01   Dec 2005 Help Required

The huge, gnarly and beautiful old tree in the corner of Acklington Schoolís playing field has had a welcome reprieve. This tree, which was in danger of being felled earlier in the year, is undoubtedly a fine and imposing specimen. Not only does it enhance the appearance and character of the landscape for the benefit and enjoyment of the school children and parishioners alike, but it is a haven for many small creatures - including owls, red squirrels, bats and numerous insects. However, there is another reason why this tree is so special and it is not because, at 200+ years, it is most likely the oldest living thing in Acklington Parish. No, this remarkable tree is totally unique because according to experts it is believed to be the only Black Poplar tree in Northumberland and the most northerly Black Poplar in the British Isles. Wow!... and when you consider Black Poplars are regarded as Britainís rarest and most endangered native timber trees then you begin to understand what an important tree this is. Why then, given the fact that the tree is not beside a building, roadway or footpath, did the County Council come close to such a heinous act of vandalism by considering removing the tree earlier in the year? The problem was there were health and safety issues and risk assessments to consider. The tree (like all trees) occasionally lost twigs and bits of branches, particularly in windy weather, but it was feared it may drop some of its timber onto unwitting children during a play time or outdoor lesson. Felling the tree would remove the danger.

Thankfully common sense has prevailed and as a result of responsible tree management and some sensitive pruning the veteran tree has been spared and the children have not been robbed of a fantastic part of their local heritage. Hopefully the tree will continue to enhance the general attractiveness of the school and school grounds for many more years to come. Itís presence continues to provide an important teaching resource in terms of biology and environmental sciences and it offers the opportunities to convey and promote the importance of conservation issues to young people. It is surely vital to our planet that we engender and instil an appreciation of the importance of trees to future generations.

        John Davison T: 01670 760609 / E: jdavison26@btinternet.com