Verifying an Ancient Tree

In the time following my last post about the Flitton Oak - 'I Heartwood' - a few events have happened. Spurred on by recording the tree on the Woodland Trust's Ancient Tree Inventory website, I decided to pursue my love for ancient and veteran trees by officially applying to be an ancient tree verifier. And... Continue Reading →

Wind, Water, Wood

Yesterday we were taken on a 5.5 mile walk around Bradiford and into a lovely little wood called Tutshill Wood. To get there we had to cut across open grassy fields of nothingness; all that lovely space for the freedom to spring our arms open and embrace the sun in glee. However it was a... Continue Reading →

I Heartwood ♥️

A special visit occurred last weekend. Acting on a tip-off from a ranger colleague, we followed a red dot on a screenshot map onto a narrow North Molton road, leading us to an inconspicuous triangle. This was where three roads met, and our special visit involved meeting an extraordinary tree. Parked up safely along the... Continue Reading →

Wistfully Walking

Today I visited a place that has been on my list for quite some time. I'm at Wistman's Wood in Dartmoor, a beautiful moss covered oak copse remotely situated at high altitude. Legend has it that it was planted by druids, as 'Wistman' is derived from 'wise man', another name for druids. Designated as a... Continue Reading →

Bluetiful Bluebells

Woke up this morning and embraced by spring bird calls, I stepped out for an earnest run around our small woodland and lake. I had been hesitant to go out for a run due to a persistent knee problem, which started about three years ago. I have never liked running, but managed to find a... Continue Reading →

Networking Like Trees

A couple of days ago I visited Dartington Hall in Totnes with the ATF (Ancient Tree Forum). It was my first ATF event and being tremendously interested and involved with surveying ancient and veteran trees I thought it would be great to meet others who are as passionate about trees as I am. A true... Continue Reading →

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