Ancient Tree Inventory Verifiers – September 2019

Dear Ancient Tree Inventory Team,


I hope you have had another great month recording trees to the Ancient Tree Inventory and thank you very much for all of your continued efforts on the project.

This month I was excited to welcome 3 new verifiers to the project! We welcome back John to the verifier team (who used to be a verifier during the “ancient tree hunt”), as well as Andy and Richard who have also started as verifiers in the north. Welcome to the team and I hope you enjoy your time with the Ancient Tree Inventory.

With thanks,



Tree of the Year

Thank you if you voted in this year’s “Tree of The Year” – voting has now closed and the results will be announced shortly. As always, there were some truly breath-taking trees to choose from; a reminder of the natural treasures that we can find whilst recording for the Ancient Tree Inventory.

This year’s entries include the fantastic “Cadzow Oak” recorded by our very own Judy Dowling at Chatelherault Country Park too! Thank you Judy for recording such an impressive oak to the Ancient Tree Inventory and congratulations for being shortlisted for Tree of the Year 2019. You can see Judy’s “Cadzow oak” and other shortlisted trees for Scotland here.


The Kingley Vale Great Yew (Image: Edward Parker/WTML)


Highlights of August 2019

Please follow this link to read head verifier David Alderman’s ancient tree summary for August 2019. There were some stunning trees recorded, including a hollowing ash pollard in Cumbria, a near-8m girth multi-stemmed oak in a private garden and a collection of unmissable trees were re-visited at Studley Royal and Fountains abbey.


Shout outs

A big shout out to verifier Michael Woolner who made a special visit to verify an enormous ancient sessile oak in Wales this month. During his visit, Michael went the extra step to find out more information about a potential nearby threat to the tree, as well as recording 4 extra trees within the affected area too.

Thank you so much to all our verifiers who offer to help us to respond to specific cases where a tree might be under threat.


Expenses & Timesheet Reminder

Thank you for sending through your expenses and timesheets last month.


Upcoming Events

Rydal Hall, Cumbria – Volunteer gathering with Ancient Tree Inventory Recording from Alan Hunton – 2nd November 2019 – Please email for more information.

Loch Arkaig, North Scotland – Ancient Tree Recording Day – 10th November 2019 – Please email for more information.

Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (Brecon and Radnor branch in collaboration with Woodland Trust) – Woodland conference – 10th November 2019 – Please email to book at place (£10 members / £12 non-members) – See poster here for more information:

Cornwall Ancient Tree Forum – AGM, Pentille Castle – 13th November 2019 – Please email to book a place.



Verifier Andrew Lay has a very large collection of red oak (Quercus rubra) acorns. Red oak is not as valuable to native wildlife as English and sessile oaks, but its catkins provide pollen for bees and other insects in spring, and its acorns are eaten by birds and small mammals. The rounded crown provides nesting opportunities for birds. Andrew is happy to share some of his collection of red oak acorns with anyone interested in trying to propagate them – if you know of any groups (e.g. ornamental gardens or natural history societies) that might be interested in receiving them then please get in touch.

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