Sorry Helene I have to disagree with you on that id...
These are the buds of Whitebeam, Sorbus aria, just bursting bud. The greyish white underside of the leaf is a good diagnostic feature.
That is totally spooky ... I thought I was replying to the question "Any takers? I'm sure it's very easy, just that i'm useless at identification." and the photos P1020175.JPG and P1020174.JPG ... which you've confirmed as being Beech!
Not sure how I jumped thread, but sounds like Jack has had all his trees identified now, so all is good in the world!