WORCESTERSHIRE ANCIENT TREE REGISTER

WE NEED RECORDS!

Harry Green and John Tilt

By November 2003 we had received records for 340 trees (see table). We know this just scratches the surface in Worcestershire - there are many more. Many thanks to those who have sent in records. But how can we get more of you to record ancient trees? We send out forms and information, hold courses and talk about the importance of recording ancient trees and we are greeted with enthusiasm. But we donít receive as many records as we should like! Please tell us what is wrong. Is it the forms? Is it us? Is it you? What is it? We need to know! We need more records! Worcestershire has an important resource of ancient trees. They are house and home to many species of invertebrates and fungi. 1700 invertebrates are known to be associated with decaying wood. See information on our web site.

Recording ancient trees is the British Isles is moving on rapidly. The Ancient Tree Forum, through a scheme administered by the Woodland Trust, has launched a national recording scheme which you can view on their web site. Worcestershire records will be included in the national database.

We should be delighted to send you information on recording ancient trees. Please contact us through the Worcestershire Biological Records Centre (email, phone numbers, address on the back of this Worcestershire Record) or email us directly John.Tilt2@btopenworld.com or zen130501@zen.co.uk or phone Harry Green on 01386 710377

When recording a tree the minimum information required is:

where it is, ideally an 8-figure grid reference) which is easily obtainable from the orange OS Explorer series of 1:25000 maps,
the date of your record,
the species of tree,
if possible the chest height circumference,
your name and contact information,
if possible a picture, preferably a digital image or a print

 

November 2003. To date this oak has the greatest chest height circumference of the 250 that have been measured - 9 metres. Can you beat us? We need records!

Table shows the number of trees and species in the database

 

 

WORCESTERSHIRE VETERAN TREE DATA BASE (November 2003)

 

Tree Species

Data (number of trees measured
 and the largest girth recorded)

Total

ASH

No. of Trees

37

Max Girth Measured

6.03

BEECH

No. of Trees

9

Max Girth Measured

5.29

BLACK POPLAR

No. of Trees

3

Max Girth Measured

5.30

COMMON LIME

No. of Trees

4

Max Girth Measured

2.90

CRAB APPLE

No. of Trees

1

Max Girth Measured

2.10

FIELD MAPLE

No. of Trees

3

Max Girth Measured

2.44

HAWTHORN

No. of Trees

1

Max Girth Measured

3.10

HORNBEAM

No. of Trees

3

Max Girth Measured

5.00

HORSE CHESTNUT

No. of Trees

1

Max Girth Measured

2.80

LARGE LEAFED LIME

No. of Trees

1

Max Girth Measured

3

Ancient ash 5.33 metre girth containing resident recorder John Meiklejohn

LONDON PLANE

No. of Trees

1

Max Girth Measured

6.40

PEDUNCULATE OAK

No. of Trees

247

Max Girth Measured

8.80

SESSILE OAK

No. of Trees

7

Max Girth Measured

8.10

SMALL LEAVED LIME

No. of Trees

7

Max Girth Measured

5.40

SWEET CHESTNUT

No. of Trees

10

Max Girth Measured

9.60

TURKEY OAK

No. of Trees

5

 

Max Girth Measured

5.05

The biggest girth in the county - so far! The Bewdley Sweet Chestnut at Kateshill House. We measured it at 9.6 m but if you juggle the tape a bit you can make it 10.2 m! This remarkable tree is featured in Great British Trees published by the Tree Council (2002)which features 50 trees. Each tree has a commemorative plaque (seen above between the people (the owner Judith Bullock and BBC Hereford & Worcester reporter Andy Haynes). If you visit it please ASK - you only have to knock on the door.

Total Count of Trees

340

Largest Girth Measured

9.60

 

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