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Pollok Park is a Top Ancient Tree Site

Pollok House was built in 1752, by the Maxwell family, who had lived on the Estate since the 13th century; it was gifted to Glasgow City Council in 1966. The Park is part of the Old Pollok estate, and now includes the site of the famous Burrel Art Collection.

The story starts with a phone call to the Woodland Trust from Stephen Porch. As a recent graduate, Stephen had completed a voluntary work-experience placement with the Countryside Ranger Service at Pollok Country Park. When asked to locate records on the Park's old and important trees for an upcoming conservation review, he was concerned to find that no records existed! He contacted the Woodland Trust for help, to ensure their protection for the future.

Judy Dowling, the Lead Volunteer Verifier for Scotland received and acted on this information, rounding up a gang of 6 volunteer recorders to go to Pollok and meet up with Stephen. Their objective, to explore the parkland around the House and build up a record of any notable and veteran trees, that hadn't been recorded previously.

Thanks to these new records, the Park's trees have turned out to be more significant than first thought and their conservation is now a priority for Pollok Park.

Over 150 trees were recorded in one day, most of which were deemed veteran, although one team found what may be an ancient horse chestnut tree planted in the late 17th century, in the deer park. These records have now been added to the Ancient Tree Inventory, making it a very worthwhile day's work, both for the Woodland Trust and also for Pollok House itself, who now have up to date records of many of their fine trees and will be offered advice, if needed, on their continuing care and survival.

Another recording day is being planned in May, to look at previously un-surveyed woodland on the estate, to see if there are any old trees worth recording to add to the ATI.