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Ancients of the Future

🌳 Finding Some ‘Tree Time’ 🌲

Finding Some Tree Time At a time of great uncertainty and anxiety I was asked recently to talk to the listeners of Radio Gloucestershire about the benefits we can all enjoy from spending time around trees and how it is good for our wellbeing. It is not so long ago that previous generations lived and...

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We Are A Many Bodied-Singing Thing

We Are A Many-Bodied Singing Thing is a new anthology of speculative poetry and fiction, inspired by endangered species and the people saving them. Download it for free and watch the virtual launch below! Anthology: WEB VERSION - We are a many-bodied singing thing Virtual Launch: watch it here. The things that give me the...

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Tree cribs at Moccas Park, Herefordshire

Tree cribs at Moccas Park, Herefordshire As part of this project we are supporting the planting of a range of tree species in this park to broaden the diversity of species and to establish new habitats that will support the lichen and rare insects that are already found on surrounding old trees. It is vital...

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CONSERVING THE FOREST FOR THE FUTURE

Sherwood Forest has one of Europe’s biggest collection of ancient oaks – that is, aged 400 years and above –  which is really important for the life of the forest as these trees provide homes for more species than any other native trees. Each is capable of supporting hundreds of different creatures, from bats and...

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Winter is Coming – The Trees Prepare

The days are shortening and the temperature is falling. This is a signal to deciduous (broadleaf) trees that it is time to close down for the winter, conserve energy and prevent it from losing precious nutrients. A tree is sensitive to its surrounding environment and responds to changes by hormones which in autumn switch from...

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Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches

Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches Burnham Beeches had been pretty much written off as unimportant for lichens as it was assumed pollution from London would have led to the demise of interesting species.  One particularly important species – the Pox lichen (Pyrenula nitida) – was known to survive, but only on one dead Beech tree....

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Veteran Trees and Their Importance to Bats

Veteran trees and their importance to bats Veteran trees are impressive natural structures of great age and biological importance and this abstract from an 1876 diary entry by The Reverend Francis Kilvert highlights the age and magnificence of our veteran trees: “those grey old men of Moccas, those grey, gnarled, low-browed, knock-kneed, bowed, bent, huge,...

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I’m Livin’ in a Box – Artificial Habitats for Beetles

One of the key research themes within the Sustainability Research Institute is how to build wildlife-friendly human infrastructure. My PhD project takes this concept one step further. I will be attempting to build houses for beetles. If I asked you to think about forest insects, what images spring to mind? For many it would be...

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Community Arts Diary

I'm standing in a park with my hand on a tree that looks like the plant version of 93 year old - all lines, bumps and rolls - there's so much detail to be found when looking closely. I feel wiser just by looking at it?! It's 10 o'clock in the morning on a blustery...

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Pollarding

Pollarding tress: "the cyclical removal of tree growth above 2 metres" Many ancient trees in this country have a pollard history but their pollarding stopped a long time ago. This was for a variety of reasons such as replacing wood fuel with coal and removing commoner’s rights in the 1773 Enclosures Act. With the passing...

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