In Gorpley Clough at Todmorden there are quite a few old Beeches but one of them stands out as ‘different’. It is quite obviously a common Beech, Fagus sylvatica but its leaves appear longer and more pear shaped, with the leaf base tapering for longer into the stem. Also the ‘hooded’ sides to the leaf. I suppose there is natural variation among Beech as in most plants but I can’t say I have noticed one with leaves quite like this before.