As part of a new and exciting project funded by Sita Trust's Enriching Nature Programme and managed by Shropshire Council . I am due to spend the next year travelling the length and breadth of Shropshire either in my camper van; car; bike; sometimes hitch hiking; lots of walking; using buses and trains visiting some of the most amazing ancient trees as part of the project.
Shropshire is a hot spot in the UK to wander and find our ‘hidden gems’ of the countryside…our ancient trees. The UK has it is said up to 80% of northern Europe's’s ancient trees and is rightly known as The European Rain Forest.
Several Champion trees for Shropshire have been found on the project like an 8.23m girth Ash in South Shropshire.
I am also regularly using the Woodland Trust’s newly updated website to pinpoint and record Shropshire’s great old trees. Please visit their site and click on the map of the UK to drill down and find YOUR LOCAL TREES! http://www.ancient-tree-hunt.org.uk/
Each of these trees has a story to tell, linked in with forgotten tales and folklore from the hidden nooks of Shropshire, e.g. The Spout Oaks, re-discovered old maps and hidden history with this site!
BBC Radio Shropshire's Ryan Kennedy recently visited these great old trees and viewed the old maps.
By revealing these stories we give the tree a character and a place in the hearts and minds of Salopians going back to the Book of Domesday and beyond, we thereby provide the realisation that these Green Monuments be protected for their stories to be told by our grandchildren
Please click here to see some of the great trees that I have already visited in and around Shropshire. http://www.flickr.com/photos/14919622@N02/sets/72157628023009328/