• A massive cedar

    Heading up through Weobley last week & I remembered an impressive Cedar of Lebanon that I hadn't visited for about ten years & wondered how the intervening years might have treated it. Cedars are notoriously brittle in old age and since we've had several pretty ferocious storms in recent times I was aware that all may not have gone well. In fact I remembered that the last time I had seen the tree there were a couple of substantial boughs lying beneath it, the result of past gales.

    The site is the surrounding gardens and parkland of a large house called Garnstone Castle, which clearly fell on hard times in the mid 20th century and was eventually pulled down in the late 1950s. Of the house just a few piles of rubble and some delapidated outbuildings remain - a sorry scene. However a few of the surrounding trees have managed to survive, most of which are conifers, but the best of the bunch is this mighty Cedar of Lebanon. The downed boughs of ten years ago have been removed, but you can still see the gaps their loss created in the crown of the tree. No matter, this is still a very handsome specimen and looking very healthy. I measured the bole and found it to be a little over 28 feet or 8.5 metres in girth which, if we go by the Ancient Tree Hunt's stats, puts it in the top twenty largest Cedars of Lebanon in the country. Age? Who can say? But I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was 250-300 years old.

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