Archive for July, 2009

Walking oaks

Panshanger oak

The Panshanger Oak in Hertfordshire is a mighty oak. It is an amazing example of a walking tree – one of its limbs has touched the ground and is layering. In time the branch will take root and a new tree will be established at this point. This process is called layering – a practice commonly used by gardeners and was used once by traditional coppicers to create new coppice stools. The Panshanger Oak is near Hatfield and is on a private estate managed by Lefarge – the aggregates company. I am not sure how you get permission to go and see it.

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Boomenfeest for the ‘Duizendjarige Eik’

Over 3,000 people celebrated the famous 1,000 year old oak of the tiny village of Lummen at a special tree festival.

See below for Jill and Ted’s adventures at this same tree when they were speaking in Belgium in April. The tree has its own website too: www.duizendjarigeeik.be

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What a corker!

 In the land of cork we find this monumental cork oak. This Quercus suber has a girth (Jill says diameter wrongly on the clip) of more than 7m. Just for comparison the champion  cork oak for all UK and Ireland is in Gloucs and has a girth of 5.59m. But the crown spread of this tree in Portugal is also magnificent. Miguel Rodriguez and Pedro Santos (Associacao Arvores de Portugal) check it out with us. Where is the champion cork oak in all Europe?

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Where do people come from?

 Out of ancient trees of course! Here we go again counting out 10 people from this hollow sweet chestnut in Sabugal, Portugal. There were 40 people at the seminar which included the Director of the Arboles Leyendas Vivas project in Spain – Susana Dominguez www.leyendasvivas.com

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Cutting poplars – success and failure

Two years ago, four, quite young, poplars were cut and because they are local I have had a chance to see what progress they have made since then. Today, two have died despite one year’s re-growth, one is partially re-growing and only one has gone on to produce good second year growth all round the cut stems. If we want to keep trees alive after they have been cut then we do need to be more thoughtful than this.

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