Although the focus of the Ash Tree Stream school sessions is very much on the Ash Trees of the Andover area, I’m enjoying linking my own Andover-based research with learning about the place of the Ash Tree in the wider UK landscape.
With the popularity of the earlier ‘Your Favourite Ash Trees’ post, I decided to add a new post to accommodate all the images, memories and other contributions that are trickling in via social media etc.
If you’re in the Andover area and you’d like to share a local Ash Tree, that would be fantastic, and I’ll set up a new post specifically.
In the meantime the first tree to be added to this post is this beautiful big old Ash, from Summergill Brook, New Radnor. The photograph was taken by Nigel Pugh and shared with us on Twitter by Woodland Trust Cymru:
‘Photo… is an Ancient Ash Tree recorded on the Ancient Tree Forum from New Radnor, Mid Wales. Close to its upper age limit, girth 5.7m. This tree has been holding this oxbow together for centuries!’
Nigel says of the tree:
‘I was told it may of been an ancient Ash tree silvopasture by Jill Butler due to the horizontal branches, imagine that restored there… I love the idea of living Ash Trees, ancient remnants of Ash Silvopoasture, that may not have Ash Die Back. There’s some seed to propogate from with the owners permission. Deep soil, flood plain, ancient, healthy ash?’
This delicate print by artist Shona Branigan was shared with us via Twitter. Shona writes:
‘The Ash Tree overlooking Swaledale is ancient – she’s listed on the ancient tree register. She lost a major limb in 2019, and I was lucky enough to have been given 2 slices which I have now printed’
Please do get in touch if you would like to share your own Favourite Ash Tree.