On close examination of the beech tree today I found that its smooth skin was dotted with these strange protuberances or nodules or some such thing. I felt it was only right and proper to share the imperfections of my favorite tree. So I did what anyone would do in the circumstances and googled “beech nodules”. This was not a very successful search and all I could come up with, apart from acknowledgement of their existence and puzzlement, was perhaps they are “healed lesions resulting from fungal attacks”. Apparently they are not uncommon. This makes me feel a little better, I would hate to have the only warty beech in the country.