Ancient Oak Tree

Ancient Oak Tree

Observation - Ancient Oak Tree - UK and Ireland. Description: An English Oak tree situated away from the main pathway in Lesnes Abbey Woods, on a slope. Its girth was 340cm and its height was about 18m. There was evidence of hollow branches and also deadwood in 'crow' and on the ground. There was evidence of epip

An English Oak tree situated away from the main pathway in Lesnes Abbey Woods, on a slope. Its girth was 340cm and its height was about 18m. There was evidence of hollow branches and also deadwood in 'crow' and on the ground. There was evidence of epiphytes; moss and algae were prolific, also grey crustose lichen. Holes were also present in the trunk; many similar to the one photographed. In this hole (though it is not very clear in the photograph, but the clearest I could get), there is a substance very similar to strands of cotton wool, interwoven and round in appearance. This was just inside a hole of around 2cm diameter. Using the method suggested on www.stuffynewood.com of girth divided by 1.25cm, this tree is approx. 272 years old.