A tragedy – an ancient beech tree is fired.

Although very sad because there is evidence that a lot of the trunk could have been retained rather than cut down, it is interesting to view how little sapwood was required to keep this big tree standing and alive. There were about 30 live rings on this tree. It looks like the pseudoscleretial plates created by the fungi played a part in stopping the fire from doing even more damage to the live wood.

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The Major Oak – past to present

Judy and the Major 2012

Judy and the Major 1960

Members of the Ancient Tree Hunt reconstruct an antique photo taken under the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest about 50 years ago. Judy Dowling is in both pictures!- can you spot who she is? She visited the Major Oak as a young girl with her family and that moment is captured on this old photo. Decades later she becomes one of the highly valued volunteer verifiers on the Ancient Tree Hunt team and returns with them to reconstruct this photo. Do you also recognise who plays the old codger leaning against the base of the tree? A clue is that he is not in the video…..The value of photos and images of trees is immense. Do record your favourite trees on the Ancient Tree Hunt and upload images as often as you like. In 50 years time they might make an interesting blog….Also present: David Alderman, Steve Waters, Eddie Parker, Alison Evershed and Louise Hackett. Modern photo credit to Eddie Parker.

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Jill and Ted in a remarkable fruit-wood pasture in Cumbria

A very unusual wood pasture – a grazed area with trees but on this occasion all are fruit or berry bearing trees – rowan and crab apple primarily. Ian Jack, the forester, has been haloing around the old fruit trees so they will now start to flower again. It is easy to see how areas like this were thought prime sites for planting with non native conifers. Hopefully we can start to restore more of them like Ian has here.

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Ted’s in a high altitude juniper forest in the Lake District

Ted sees not only the ancient junipers in this remarkable ‘forest’ in the north of the Lake District, but also the old holly pollard hidden amongst them and one of his beloved ‘celtic maples’.

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Ted talks aerial roots

On a visit to Rickerby Park in Carlisle, Cumbria, Ted finds an amazing beech tree. Half the tree has split away and disappeared leaving the exposed cavity that was full of aerial roots. It shows how greedy trees are to capitalise on the decay… they want the minerals and nutrients for themselves rather than letting it recycle into the ground where other organisms might outcompete them.

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Jill and Ted visit Gredington Park, Wrexham

Jill and Ted meet Lord Kenyon and visit his parkland veteran and sculptured trees. Lord Kenyon has planted many different oaks and explains why.

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Ted talks to Woodland Trust Volunteers about hollowing fungi

Thanks to Wildtrack1960 we have a video of Ted talking to the volunteers who stayed over after the Woodland Trust Volunteer Conference.

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