New pics are really superb. Excellent.
Not catkins but young leaves unfurling.
Confirmed as Quercus ilex,...common name Holm Oak.
I have spent ages trying to find pics on www.....this is the ONLY pic I could find to show new young leaves unfurling...your pics are by far the best on www.
Quote Architectural plants link below......."They grow all over Britain but Sussex has a particularly large population of fine specimens both on the coast and well inland too. The appalling tedium of the endless roundabouts and traffic jams on the A27 between Arundel and Chichester is hugely mitigated by the endless and beautiful specimens of Quercus ilex en route"
Quote www....."Quercus ilex The holm or evergreen oak is slow growing with attractive small leaves, the new growth is covered in tawny or white felt"
Quote www ......"One of the toughest and most beautiful evergreen trees in the world".