Archive for December, 2007

Jose Miguel Elosegi, an el pais vasco tre-enthusiast

Jose Miguel explains to Jill why one side of this fabulous pollard in the hills above Leitza in the Spanish basque country, has been cut differently from the other. This is just one of 35 pollards that are being cut by local axemen, local arborists and by English cutters. We are learning a lot about when and how they were traditionally cut and if modern cutting methods make any difference. Jose Miguel has been such a great champion of trees in his community and has been a great support to us in helping us to learn more about the traditional tree cutting in his area.

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The benefits of a whiskery tree

Ted extols the virtues of a tree with lots of epicormic growth and its potential for longevity.

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The smallest veteran tree

Jill wonders if this beech tree which is completely hollow and split in two can be the smallest veteran tree that has been found. Jill wonders if this beech tree which is completely hollow and split in two can be the smallest veteran tree that has been found. If you have found a smaller hollow tree then do tell us about it.

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The wonderful pollards of the Foret de Sare

Just a couple of the fantastic pollards in this forest. These are beech but there are also wonderful oaks and alders too.

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Another 'cage' pollard

The cage pollard at Burnham Beeches is famous. But here Ted finds another beech pollard with ‘bars’ in the basque Pyrennees. It’s a fascinating tree.

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Another 'cage' pollard

The cage pollard at Burnham Beeches is famous. But here Ted finds another beech pollard with ‘bars’ in the basque Pyrennees. It’s a fascinating tree.

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