I’m on a bit of a crusade for old trees at the moment. Whether I’m out walking or in the car I seem to see “big” old trees everywhere…. screaming out to be photographed and measured.
You see I’m not having much luck with moving things at the moment. Whenever I’m out things just don’t seem to want to be filmed. The deer scatter, buzzards disappear behind trees, even friendly rabbits run for cover. My video isn’t getting much exercise. I seem to have momentarily lost my touch. So tonight I’ve turned to my trusty CCTV camera and have positioned it in the shed, pointing at a bag of sunflower seeds that have been “raided”. Determined to film something… anything…
So that has left me with big old trees. They don’t run off when I approach them, and they don’t get much attention in the winter. That suits me just fine at the moment!
I found this big old ash on my walk the other day. It was growing along what I think must have been an ancient hedgerow. I put myself in the picture to give it a bit of scale. Luckily no one came along while I was hugging my “new best friend”!
All the tree bark you can see in the picture above, from where I am standing right the way across the picture to the right hand side, is one single ash tree. At one time it must have been coppiced regularly, but then it was left to grow unhindered. Resulting in eight stems shooting up into the sky. Two have already been cut down, but the others seem to be pretty healthy.
For those of you who are interested in the stats. It’s girth was fifteen metres, at a height of one metre. Another one for the Ancient Tree Hunt database. Pretty impressive me thinks!