Ancient trees in the Lakes
We care for more ancient trees than any other single owner in Europe. In the Lake District we look after 5835, a big number and a big responsibility.
An ancient tree is one that is remarkably old for its species, which varies from species to species. And they are often solitary. Yews live the longest, some for as many as 4,000 years.
We know one of the Borrowdale yews is at least 1,500 years old and William Wordsworth was moved to write a poem about them. A beech or ash tree can be old at 600 years, particularly if they were historically pollarded. Whereas a birch tree is considered ancient if it gets to 150 years old and, for a lime, it would be 350 years old.
" Head to Glencoyne Park at Ullswater - it’s chock full of ancient oaks, alders and other trees, but the crab apple trees are my favourites. They are visible from the new, off-road footpaths. "