Cambridge 2000: Trumpington Road

Description: Trumpington Road: common land
Trumpington Road map for Trumpington Road
Date photograph taken: 14 May 2000 (Alternative map: Google map)

One of the odd pieces of common land left in Cambridge. There is a path along the side connecting Trumpington Road to The Fen Causeway, which is used more for recreational walking than anything else. Some day this might all be housing.

The flowers are Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) and Cow Parsely (Queen Anne's Lace; Anthriscus sylvestris), both very rampant. In summer a herd of cows grazes the land, they can just be seen hiding in the shade of the Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) trees on the right.

Some of these trees were cut down after being damaged in the storm of 27 October 2002, opening up the view of the field from Trumpington Street. Three new trees were planted in 2003 in this open space.

Starting in the mid-2000s, the Horse Chestnut trees here, as elsewhere in Cambridge and England, started to suffer from the leaf-mining moth (Cameraria ohridella), which made the leaves go brownish in the summer.

In 2009 around a dozen trees, mostly English Oak (Quercus robur), were planted around the field.

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