Do Ivy and Other Structures Impact Ancient Trees?

Most farms I have visited recently have had at least one veteran tree somewhere, and it is clear that they are an under-recorded resource in Cornwall. I recently had the please of coming across this spectacular twin-stemmed ancient ash tree near Golant. Click here to read more... Read more

Ancient Hedge Relics

Often our oldest farmland trees have outlived others because of their careful management and practical use on the farm, allowing them to live for hundreds of years. Click here to read more... Read more

Ancient Ash Trees in North Cornwall

We are continuing our series of articles highlighting Cornwall’s ancient trees with a look at some impressive ash trees scattered around a farm on the North Coast. A farmer I visited this year suggested I take a look in a small field that he referred to as his celandine meadow (because of the carpet of yellow lesser celandine flowers that grow there in the spring). Not knowing what to expect, I was excited to see two stunning ancient ash trees growing there. Read more

Swannacott Oaks

Swannacott Manor Meats is a 200-acre pasture farm set in rolling hills just outside Week St Mary in North Cornwall. The Sobey family have been farming the area for over 6 generations and have been successfully selling meat straight from the farm for many years. Read more

A Veteran Oak and a Cuckoo Hawthorn near Looe

I will kickstart this series by describing an impressive oak I clocked recently while walking a block of permanent pasture with a prospective tenant. It looms over the landscape, stood on a north-facing slope with only an expired fence line breaking up its setting. Read more

Celebrating Cornwall’s Ancient Trees Every Month

FWAG SouthWest are teaming up with the Cornwall Ancient Tree Forum to champion the protection of ancient trees on Cornish farmland. Such trees not only support many specialist invertebrates, plants and fungi, but also provide cultural significance. Read more