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Re: Aging old coppice trees

Subject: Re: Aging old coppice trees
From: Jerry Ross
Date: Jun 22 2020 17:12:19
Indeed!

On 22/06/2020 14:48, oldoaktree@xxxxxxxxx.net wrote:
Hi Jerry,

Certainly so above ground but that is just half (or maybe less, much less) of 
the story. What has happened to the roots and deadwood/ ancient wood 
environment below ground is something never really investigated.

Cheers

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Subject: Re: Aging old coppice trees

Dave - Re "I'm surprised that the ATF seems fairly ambivalent to coppice trees as 
surely these trees are likely to be oldest and commonly found."

Probably true, and probably also true that they ought to be given more 
attention. But the critical value of ancient and veteran trees is the 
biodiversity and ecological richness that results from the ageing of large 
volumes of wood, whereas coppice material, being periodically rejuvenated by 
cutting and re-sprouting , doesn't retain (or indeed
attain) these features.




On 22/06/2020 11:23, oldoaktree@xxxxxxxxx.net wrote:
Hello all,

I'm trying to age an old coppice tree and am finding it surprisingly hard to 
find much data from Forestry Commission, Ancient Tree Forum or academic 
papers.

I've got an unsubstantiated amount of 0.3 m diameter/ 100 years measured at 
base, but can't find where that has come from.

I'm surprised that the ATF seems fairly ambivalent to coppice trees as surely 
these trees are likely to be oldest and commonly found. Fair enough, they 
don't look as impressive, but that can't be a reasonable reason to give them 
so little attention.

Anyway, if there is anywhere you can guide me, I'd be most grateful.

Cheers

Dave








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