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really big old trees

Postby robin wood » Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:40 pm

Big old trees have always been a passion of mine and we have more of them in the UK that most places in Europe. Last weekend I was down in Essex for the first time in a few years and took the chance to revisit Hatfield forest an ancient medieval hunting forest with over 800 old pollards of 8 species. This is my favourite, a huge oak hidden deep in the southern scrubs.
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I worked there for 3 years in the early 90s and it was very interesting to revisit some of the trees we did work on. I once deadwooded this huge oak, it branches high up and feels a long way up.
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More pics and discussion of the management of these ancient trees [url="http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.com/2010/09/ancient-trees-and-woodland-management.html"]here[/url].

Does anyone else have pics of big or ancient trees to share?
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Re: really big old trees

Postby steve tomlin » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:35 pm

brilliant photos Robin, love how the 2nd on just seems to go on and on as you scroll down.
i'm living in the grounds of a big family estate for the time being so lots of big park-grown trees here to admire and climb in.
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Re: really big old trees

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:58 pm

I have not been to Hatfield forest, but I have been to Windsor great park which has trees 900 years old.
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This is one of the oldest trees in this country, near Usk and said to be up 3000 years old. I could walk into it and around the aerial root, it sent down many years ago. I was going to post a picture of the outside of the tree, but it seems not to be on this computer.

If you want to meet some of these old trees the ancient tree forum meets around the country and tree experts share their knowledge, there are also some local groups. It is a few years since I last went anywhere with them.
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Re: really big old trees

Postby robin wood » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:47 pm

They are corkers Sean and Windsor Great Park is one of the best places for ancient Oaks. The ancient tree forum was set up after I left that line of work but I knew quite a few of the folk involved including Ted Green who was warden at Windsor he is a fantastic character.
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Re: really big old trees

Postby trollwumple » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:05 am

Thanks to Robin and Sean for posting those great photos, like a lot of people I to am interested in ancient trees.

I think that it would be nice if there was an area on this site set aside for people to post pictures of large, old, unusual trees and recount any interesting stories which may be attached to them, I for one will post "this weekend" some pictures of some old chestnut trees growing near my house.

I know this must sound a bit daft but when I meet one of these big/old trees I often wonder "if they had eyes" what they have seen, what has happened beneath their branches, what history and mystery have they witnessed, "if they had ears" what secrets did they hear, what words of love where spoken beneath thoses massive boughs, and "if they could talk" what could they tell us of times long gone, of the passers by, of the people who worked beneath their branches and perhaps if all this where possible, we as a race may be more the wiser.
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Re: really big old trees

Postby monkeeboy » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:50 pm

Here's some pics of me and my mate Thomas at some massive Oaks and Chestnuts, somewhere near the Weald & Downland Museum, can't remember where exactly, maybe someone else knows where?

These two are Chestnut;

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This one is Oak and is basically just the sap wood, it's been pollarded probably a few times.

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Re: really big old trees

Postby Bob_Fleet » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:24 pm

There Woodland Trust has a hunt on for ancient trees if anyone wants to get involved.
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Re: really big old trees

Postby Peat » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:21 pm

This is a picture of my favourite local biggun (not taken by me), at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.
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The photo doesn't really do it justice. The shear girth of all the limbs make climbing it pretty terrifying!

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