Ancient trees: Britain's oldest inhabitants

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Ancient trees: Britain's oldest inhabitants

Post by edfrank » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:02 pm

Ancient trees: Britain's oldest inhabitants
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/a ... ient-trees

If you find yourself gasping, "Wow, that tree's fatter than anything else like it around here!" the chances are you've probably found an ancient tree.


Click on image to see its original size The mighty Bowthorpe Oak, near Bourne in Lincolnshire is Europe's greatest girth English Oak at a massive 42 feet Photograph: Alamy

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Post by Larry Tucei » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:23 pm

Ed, Impressive trees. While looking up the Llangernyw Yew tree I found an interesting link. I thought you might enjoy it. http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilder ... -long-view Larry

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Post by Don » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:49 pm

Ed/Larry-
WOW, these are my kind of trees!
All of them exceptional, but the one that caught my eye, oddly enough, was the Olive Tree at Louves (sp?)...talk about a case of spriraling grain!
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Post by RyanLeClair » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:35 pm

Just a question, did the Kvill oak die?

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Post by Jeroen Philippona » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:09 am

By my knowledge the Kvill Oak did not die. The information on the website about old trees in the UK is wrong that the Bowthorpe Oak with 42'6" girth is the largest girthed English Oak in Europe. The Kvill Oak is still a bit larger with about 46.6 to 48.3 feet girth.
You can see lists of record specimens of many species in Europa at www.monumentaltrees.com.
See: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/records/
For a list of biggest English oak: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/world-englishoak/
For the tallest English oak you can click on the bar above the list at "height" . Only the tallest tree of each location is in the list, you can click on to each location to see more trees and photos.
For county records of English oak: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/trees ... k/records/
For Sessile oak: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/world-sessileoak/ and http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/trees ... k/records/

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Post by RyanLeClair » Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:44 pm

Okay, thank you Jeroen. By the way, I've seen your photos of and writings about other big Quercus robur -- Ivenack Oak, Kvill-eken. Keep up the good work!

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Post by Don » Sun May 20, 2012 4:31 pm

Jeroen-
I will be travelling to Spain next week, and am curious if there are any arboreal wonders there. Our destination will be the South of Spain...Andalucia...with intentions of visiting their national parks and reserves.
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Jeroen Philippona wrote:By my knowledge the Kvill Oak did not die. The information on the website about old trees in the UK is wrong that the Bowthorpe Oak with 42'6" girth is the largest girthed English Oak in Europe. The Kvill Oak is still a bit larger with about 46.6 to 48.3 feet girth.
You can see lists of record specimens of many species in Europa at http://www.monumentaltrees.com.
See: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/records/
For a list of biggest English oak: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/world-englishoak/
For the tallest English oak you can click on the bar above the list at "height" . Only the tallest tree of each location is in the list, you can click on to each location to see more trees and photos.
For county records of English oak: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/trees ... k/records/
For Sessile oak: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/world-sessileoak/ and http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/trees ... k/records/

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Post by Jeroen Philippona » Mon May 21, 2012 4:46 pm

Don,

I never visited Andalusia except for a short passing through in 1977, although I was several times somewhat to the north in Extremadura.
There are some big trees in this part of Spain, but because of the dry, warm climate and the history of cutting most forests as well as heavy grazing I think there are few forests. Perhaps there are some interesting forest in the National Parks in mountainous areas, with Spanish fir: Abies pinsapo.
Probably there will be some old cork oaks (Quercus suber) and holm oaks (Quercus ilex) but I don't know their locations.
See: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/esp/andalucia/
Here some very large, old European sweet chestnuts are reported, with girth up to 13.8 m (45 ft).

Also look for websites with the words: arboles monumentales, arboles singulares and arboles notables combined with Andalusia.
See: http://waste.ideal.es/arbolessingulares.htm and http://rutasyfotos.blogspot.com/2010/03 ... es-de.html
http://www.catpaisatge.net/dossiers/arb ... ectori.php

So you have to search somewhat at different websites.

Jeroen

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