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Cornwall Ancient Tree Forum

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The Cornwall Ancient Tree Forum visited Caerhays in June.

Tim Kellet said...

"We recorded 19 trees and I would have to say they were all classed as veteran - no ancients I'm afraid.  Of course you may still find something special on your excursions.

The Trevanion Holly was remeasured at 1.95m girth measured at 1.5 from the ground on the top side of the slope.    A tree like this [that is not hollowing] would be considered ancient when it reaches about 2.5m. This is one to look after.

There were quite a few big oaks over 4.5 girth - sessile, pedunculate and even a turkey oak in a hedgerow in the field alongside the north end of Old Park.  Sweet chestnut around 3.5 - 4m girth,  a nice horse chestnut at 4.37 near the holly,  and a sycamore at 4.17.       Generally for these trees we would be looking for a girth of around 5.5 for ancient status.  The big oak you pointed us to, just north of forty acre was, in fact, a twin stem which made the base look fatter than its actual age.    There was a nice 3.85 beech pollard in forty acre - but it would need to reach at least  4.25 to be ancient.

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