Worcestershire Record No. 21 April 2007 p. 7

WORCESTERSHIRE ANCIENT TREE REGISTER

John Tilt

This project has been running for five years in that time we have written a customised database system. The system holds data such as girth and height, digital photograph and the position of each tree is marked on an aerial photograph. To date we have recorded 932 trees on 177 sites. 42 People have recorded trees.

We have held numerous courses to show interested people how to record the trees. We have also involved the Parish Tree Wardens and asked them to record ancient trees in their area. We are now applying for funding to help with this project as it gathers impetus.

Ancient Tree recording is part of a national scheme run by the Woodland Trust called Ancient Tree Hunt. It has a web site:

http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk/ancient%2Dtree%2Dhunt/treesearch/treesearch.asp

The Distribution of the recorded trees in Worcestershire is shown below.

An example of a tree report and the aerial photograph is shown below.

If you would like to get involved with Ancient Tree recording please contact either Harry Green or John Tilt.
Harry 01386 710377
John 01386 792458

You can lookup the current recordings on a web site:
http://uk.geocities.com/john.tilt2@btopenworld.com/worcestershire_ancient_tree.htm

Species

No of Trees

Average of Girth

Max of Girth

Acer Sp.

1

1.45

1.45

Ash

76

4.06

6.8

Beech

25

4.27

6.1

Black Poplar

17

3.90

6.5

Common Alder

1

4.90

4.9

Common Lime

10

3.60

7.8

Crab Apple

2

1.65

2.1

Field Maple

14

2.45

3.3

Grey Poplar

1

3.80

3.8

Hawthorn

7

2.03

3.75

Holm Oak

2

5.20

6

Hornbeam

5

3.58

5

Horse Chestnut

14

3.56

5.25

Large-leaved Lime

3

4.28

5.25

London Plane

3

5.13

6.4

Lucombe Oak

1

4.60

4.6

Pear

1

2.90

2.9

Pendunculate Oak

649

4.30

10.9

Scarlet Oak

1

3.60

3.6

Sessile Oak

11

5.14

8.1

Small-leaved Lime

26

4.17

7.3

Smooth-leaved Elm

2

4.5

6

Sweet Chestnut

46

4.95

9.6

Sycamore

3

3.28

6.15

Turkey Oak

7

3.65

5.05

Walnut

3

2.44

2.68

Yew

1

6.00

6

Grand Total

932

4.22

10.9

Details of trees recorded in the Worcestershire Register.

Distribution of ancient trees recorded in the Worcestershire Register in 10 km squares of national grid.

Example of a tree record

Aerial photograph showing the site of the example of the record given above

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