Equally beautiful and even more endangered, Britain’s ancient trees are a dying breed. Scattered across the landscape, they're threatened by ravenous development. Our writer hits the road to learn about these wizened wonders:
- how to find them
- how to gauge their age
- how to record them on the Trust’s newly updated Ancient Tree Inventory.
We’ve put together a gallery of geriatric treasures, like the twisted yews of Crom Castle and Savernake’s ‘Big Belly Oak’. Check out our deck of ‘top trunks’ full of facts about how different species behave in old age.
Also in this issue
In our news pages, we hear from readers nationwide about Network Rail’s lineside tree-felling, the experts fighting ash dieback, and the volunteers gamely collecting pine marten poo (there’s a good reason!). We sneak a look at two grand-scale woodlands in London and Derbyshire, and Radio 4’s Martha Kearney sings the praises of solo trees.
So grab your copy and find the answers to numerous knotty questions:
- Which secretive wildflower is making a comeback?
- Did Peter the Great of Russia plant a mulberry in Deptford?
- And why do some bees make ‘mad honey’?