Ancient Oak Tree

Ancient Oak Tree

Observation - Ancient Oak Tree - UK and Ireland. Description: This tree was observed at the top of a hill in Lesnes Abbey Woods, next to a footpath. This wood is classified as an 'Ancient Wood' and has been designated as an Area of Scientific Interest (in parts). The majority of the ancient trees in the woods are

This tree was observed at the top of a hill in Lesnes Abbey Woods, next to a footpath. This wood is classified as an 'Ancient Wood' and has been designated as an Area of Scientific Interest (in parts). The majority of the ancient trees in the woods are Sessile Oak; however, I have studied the English Oak, of which there are many less.

I observed that this paricular tree has been coppiced; the girth is 310cm and the height is circa 16m. It is alive and standing and there was no deadwood either in 'crow' or on the ground. However, it is home to several epiphytes, such as Green Foliose lichen and moss - the greatest amount was on the Western side of the tree. I also observed Grey Crustose Lichen on the Northern side of the tree. Using the method suggested on www.stuffynewood.com of girth divided by 1.25cm, this tree is approx. 248 years old.