Ancient Trees

Great Heritage Trees: Big Belly Oak

Great Heritage Trees: Big Belly Oak

Savernake Forest, Marlborough, England By Ian D. Rotherham Wiltshire’s Savernake Forest is in Marlborough and the great grandfather of a tree in this Forest is a venerable sessile oak (Quercus petraea) with a girth measured at somewhere between about ten metres and eleven metres (dbh).  The Big Belly Oak is believed to be the oldest…

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Ancient woodlands to mark Platinum Jubilee

Ancient woodlands to mark Platinum Jubilee

This year marks HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  In addition to the tree planting as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy, there are also plans to recognise 70 ancient woodlands as Platinum Woodlands.  These will receive formal protection.  I have been tasked with finding a woodland within the Lake District to present as our contribution.…

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The Heritage Trees of the British Isles – The Great Oak of Pontfadog, Wrexham

No.2: The Great Oak of Pontfadog, Wrexham By Ian D. Rotherham, Emeritus Professor, Sheffield Hallam University Regarded as ‘Wales’s national tree’, in 1881 it already had a girth of more than sixteen metres (around 53 ft). With a huge, hollow trunk said to be spacious enough to seat six people at a table; legend noting…

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