Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Where am I?

When a friend informed me of a marvelous ancient Oak tree near Wimborne I was surprise to find it tucked away on a housing estate. It just goes to show that these trees can be found anywhere.

This tree gives us a quick snapshot of how our ancestors would have managed the land for instance this old pollard would have provided a valuable resource for fuel, fodder, building materials etc....
However, what I think is fabulous about this tree is how it has survived the development pressure surrounding it, but on the other hand how many other trees didn't?
Full location details will soon be available on Dorset Wildlife Trust website. In the meantime please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Over the road

Over the road from the famous Wyndham's oak adjacent to the A303 is this magnificent Oak tree, completely hollow but happily growing away.

Even though half the tree is dead it is still sprouting with new growth and is a brilliant tree for birds of prey to sit on and look out over the rolling hills of Dorset!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Where are the veteran trees?

The overall purpose of the project is to secure the long term future of veteran trees by promoting their importance for protection, providing advice for best conservation practice and galvanising support for veteran tree surveys.

What is a veteran tree?

Trees of interest biologically, aesthetically or culturally because of its age, size and condition

So far the project has been promoting veteran tree surveys and since June 2007 the project has seen a huge donation of data from private landowners! Many thanks everyone!!

However, the extent of veteran trees found in the county's hedgerows, ancient woodlands, fields, urban areas and along public footpaths is still unkown but it is believed to be significant!

So if you can help or require futher infomation please contact ebrawn@dorsetwildlife.co.uk