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Sycamore at SY78959444

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Sean Cooch
08/09/2008 23:33
Chris Hickman
SY78959444
10 July 2008
England
Dorset
Sycamore  
5m 90cm  
1m 50cm  

Tolpuddle Martyrs' Tree

Public - open access (e.g. public park)  
Pollard
Standing
Alive
  • Village green
Veteran tree
The Woodland Trust
  • Ivy
  • Lichen
  • Hollowing trunk
   

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Tree Blog

This is a rare specimen of an "old" tree still managed as a pollard. Two hundred years ago this would have been a common sight in the countryside where established trees were cut for firewood, and for feeding to cattle. Usually cut some 8-10 feet high to prevent the new growth from being eaten by cattle or deer. It was a common practice in Buckinghamshire to climb the trees using metal crampons, to cut the new growth every 3-5 years.
Posted by Christopher John Trimmer on 12 November 2013