A great day out with the giants
There were metaphorical giants and real giants at Preston Hall near Pathhead, south of Edinburgh, on Friday 28th May!
The metaphorical ones were the volunteers who put in giant efforts with recording and verifying trees for the Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI). The Ancient Tree Verifiers in Scotland have been with us for many years and have a formed a tight and friendly group who often get together to record. Covid, of course, put a spanner in those works but now they are delighted that they can get out together again to share their love of old trees.
As it’s National Volunteers’ Week I wanted to thank the Verifiers for all their incredible hard work….they truly are inspiring and in Scotlamd have added and verified many thousands of records to the ATI. These volunteers are trained to be able to verify tree records accurately, but anyone can add a tree to the ATI..you don’t need to be signed up as an Ancient Tree Verifer volunteer for this. Have a go if you’d like…the more records of old trees we have the better! The verifiers will then verify your new records.
The real giants were the spectacular trees at Preston Hall…a stunning house with rolling parkland, woodland and a beautiful walled garden.
We recorded some huge ash, beech, lime, oak, horse chestnut, sycamore, yew and cedar. Many we classified as veteran but none quite fitted into the ancient category.
It was such a great day..I’l let the images speak for themselves!
Scotland Volunteering Development Officer