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age of (grown-out) oak coppice stool

Subject: age of (grown-out) oak coppice stool
From: Rupert Baker
Date: May 27 2020 15:58:51
Hi all,

One for the collective mind - whilst doing a tree survey, I have just come
across a very fine old multistemmed oak - 7 stems, 3 smaller - 25-35cm; 4
bigger - 60-66cm; 25m tall. Its base, on an old hedgebank, covers 5m along
the direction of the bank, and 2+m across it. Q. robur not petrea.

I have been wondering how many times its been pollarded in the past - ie how
old it is as an organism. It - and most of the oak around about - are
'sprouty' rather than clean-stemmed, so would coppice and pollard well;
there is one old pollard on the site, but most of the trees are younger,
either maidens or singled /double coppice stems in what was an old wood.

The hedgebank was on the edge of a small stream (now culverted) running down
to a slightly larger one, according to old maps, with parcels of woodland,
and scrub and coppice, all around. Its on heavy clay - good oak growing
ground - and some of the woodland parcels look to be ASNW; it is in ancient
countryside in Mid-Devon - 'Several' (French Seurall), rather than
'Champion' (Fr Champagne); on the boundary between two parishes - one with a
village, the other enucleated; so it might well have been there for some
time..

Any thoughts welcomed

 

Atb

Rupert




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