Ancient tree survey
People are asked to send records of any ancient trees that they come across, with an approximate age. To age a tree people are asked to give it a hug! Using this to measure the circumference of the trunk at about 1.3m up from the ground (approx. chest height on an adult), the age can be worked out. Most trees growing on their own have an average of 2.5cm of girth for each year of their life.
Many of the trees recorded are hundreds of years old and to help bring in more information a flier has been produced by the the Community Heritage Initiative on how to approximately age trees. The oldest tree discovered as part of the project to-date is thought to be over 1000 years old and was recorded in the Domesday Book so we have historical evidence to verify its age.
Produced by the Community Heritage Initiative, which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rutland County Council
Page Last Updated: 25 November 2008