Ancient Tree Project
After an impromptu visit to Castle Howard to catch sight of a flock of waxwings Colin was intrigued by the number of 'ancient trees' with in the grounds. After a closer examination he became captivated by the textures, shape, patterns and colours caused by centuries of growth and decline.
This led to some exciting research and he discovered that 'ancient trees' are in the third and final stage of their life ... essentially they are in the process of dieback and decay. This means that they are of interest not only aesthetically, but also biologically and culturally. This stage of their life can go on for a long time.
The age at which a tree becomes ancient varies
Trees such as oak and yew, are more long-lived than others. One of the oldest trees in the UK is in Perthshire, Scotland (the Fortingall Yew) and it has been estimated to be at least 2,000 and 3,000 years old.
Castle Howard and Duncombe Park
So far Colin has only been able to explore locally in the grounds of Castle Howard and Duncombe Park and he has begun the process of preparatory sketches for a design. With over 100,000 'ancient, veteran and notable trees' recorded across the country this could become an obsession!!
Where will he have to look?
These trees can be found in urban parks, on farms, in ancient hunting forests, wood pasture and parkland, in hedgerows and even in churchyards.