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7 questions on trees

Tree quiz

Ash trees are threatened by a deadly fungal infection known as chalara fraxinea. Trees are all around - but do you know your poplar from your lime?

picnic under tree

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Efforts are underway to contain the threat to ash trees - but which of these is an ash?

trees
  1. Left
  2. Top right
  3. Bottom right

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In Thomas Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree, what noise does the ash make?

thomas hardy
  1. Sob
  2. Hiss
  3. Moan
  4. Rustle

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire has the longest double avenue in Europe of what type of tree?

lime avenue
  1. Lime
  2. Poplar
  3. Plane
  4. Oak

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Major Oak is associated with whom?

john major, charles II, robin hood, mary queen of scots
  1. John Major
  2. Charles II
  3. Robin Hood
  4. Mary Queen of Scots

5.) Multiple Choice Question

According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury and put his staff on the ground, prompting a tree to grow. What was it?

glastonbury tree
  1. Cedar
  2. Acacia
  3. Pine
  4. Thorn

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Kent County Cricket ground at Canterbury has a tree on the outfield. What happens if a batsman or batswoman strikes the ball directly into it?

Kent cricket tree
  1. Out
  2. No ball
  3. Four runs
  4. Six runs

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The apple that fell on Isaac Newton came from what variety of apple tree?

Isaac Newton
  1. Bramley
  2. Flower of Kent
  3. Gascoyne's Scarlet
  4. Cox

Answers

  1. It's the tree on the left. The name goes back to the Old English aesc, meaning "spear".
  2. It's hiss - the fir sobs and moans, the holly whistles and the beech rustles.
  3. It's lime. The avenue was planted in 1840 and is more than two miles long.
  4. It's Robin Hood. The tree is in the heart of Sherwood Forest and according to folklore was where Robin and his merry men slept.
  5. It's thorn. According to some versions of the legend, the staff was made from the wood of the cross.
  6. It's worth four runs - nor can the batter be caught off the tree.
  7. It was a Flower of Kent apple.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Acorn

4 - 6 : Sapling

7 - 7 : Mighty oak

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