By archmiles, Dec 29 2016 7:23PM
For those regular visitors - apologies for a month's absence - a combination of work and latterly two weeks of an absolutely horrendous cold (even took to my bed for a day - unheard of!).
Today dawned misty and extremely frosty - about -5C first thing, but grabbed some warm outdoor clobber and set off for one of my favourite walks around the perimeter of Bringsty Common. Can't count how many times I must have done this walk over twenty five years, so something of a surprise to discover a huge old ash pollard I've never clocked before. Admittedly it was a little way off the footpath and quite possibly hidden by undergrowth and intervening foliage at any other time than winter, but what a fabulous old tree it is. Certainly a veteran & might even be classed as ancient - who can say? Okay, its girth at the narrowest point may not be massive, but the extent and character of all the burring certainly makes it look extremely old. It hasn't been pollarded for a many a year which gives some concern as to its immedaite future - hopefully it won't split itself apart. No idea who owns it, but it certainly looks like a candidate for at least a crown reduction as it would be very sad to lose it.
Big year coming up for me with a mega-important tree book project in hand. Exciting times - more later.
Happy New Year to all.
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