Archive | May 2009

Ancient Tree Hunt at Lanhydrock House in Cornwall

During the week before May 27th, I was finishing off some work on the computer and then had a while to look at some of my favourite sites. Somewhere in and amongst, I found a tree day at Lanhydrock in Cornwall, which is just up the road from where I live.

An ancient tree hunt . Some trees are very old and of course we all know that,but how old and how big are they, and what is that growth, or hole or dead branch in relation to the tree. Where are you when you spot your tree. Is it a famous place like Lanhydrock? or is it in your garden or local park or a hedge up the road. Does your tree have a story. I like stories.

My husband and I went along to enjoy the day together. We were both working on the week – end and this was a perfect opportunity to enjoy a day out. So I booked us in. Got the agenda. All over the Internet.

The journey on the day was already promising us good weather and once we found our way to a part of Lanhydrock I had not seen before, we were greeted by some of the organisers.

Tea and coffee with some lovely biscuits, as we had time to meet others who were going to be at the event. People had come from all over England to the event which was most interesting. There were of course some locals but we were out numbered by our visitors.

Oak Trees at Lanhydrock

 

We went off into groups or teams as it was put and I happened to be the green team member , the same as when I was at school. Was I the only one to remember that? Loaded with camera, tape measure, compass, and note pad to investigate our tree findings and record them.

Our team was four ladies , two of whom were our host. The other our new friend met on the day  Lyn from Bath but originally from America. The energies from the trees were so lovely and I could not help but talk about how I felt about trees. As long as I can remember I have loved them. I see them as guardians of our planet. I have , when young climbed trees. I have read a book underneath a tree and drawn a picture, and just been.

Photographed them , hugged them, talked to them. meditated under a tree. learnt that they have five eutheric bodies as you approach them , the tree’s aura. Trees carry pictures and knowledge of times gone by. Using psychometry I have often felt what era a tree was planted for instance and in what circumstance. If there has been happenings around the tree. From celebrations to the dreadful deed of hanging.

I was only to discover that I had like minded people with me .

 

 

Standing by these three oak trees,gageing how they got there.

As we trundled down the grass to the Oak tree in the picture above, it looked like two but then when you got to the other side it looked like three. It is  a tree of debate. Is it  a maiden or a pollard? A whole tree or a group?

We decided it was a group of three separate trees and to add to my conclusion as a medium I was picking up three young people who were running away from the land and they purposely drop the acorns as they stopped to briefly look back at the house. Two men and a young woman.

Why had they run away from the place? Watch this space.

Penny Wart growing on a crevice in the Oak tree.

 

How often do we see growths in trees? Often from ferns to grasses but rarely these. Mushrooms and fungi, also grow on trees, and some are edible.

Then there is birds nest, squirrels nest and insects and vertebrae that live in and on trees.

 

Bluebells in the woodland

 

Dead Wood In Front the Beech Trees

So we measured with tape measures the girth of the trees, dead ones too. We noted if there were holes, growths, dead wood in crowns and animal or insect life.

The group got on very well and we learnt a lot in this relaxed atmosphere. You can measure trees by the span of your hug. Either measure your hug palm to palm before you go out and about or when you get home, but a measure is best.

 

 

The first references to measuring trees have been found from 1630. John Evelyn described many trees for the first time in print in 1664. Europe has less ancient trees than the whole of England. We need to protect our trees. The National trust and The Woodland Trust are working together to achieve this, by keeping records of our trees. Trees with stories , folklore and more as well as the location they are found . I know like me there are many who would love to take part in helping record trees. So if you are interested contact 01208 265276 or email loveday.jenkin@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

In the afternoon we explored photography with the co author Edward Parker of The Heritage Trees book completed this year. Edward had a lot of knowledge to share and with wit and accuracy. The outside demonstration was over to quickly as we all enjoyed it so much. Edward is the man with the brown bag in the picture above.

An interesting talk on the grounds of Lanhydrock were next on the agenda and again it was most interesting and relevant to the day. Followed by maps of old and those more recent and how many trees were still with us from times gone by. Being local and visited Lanhydrock all my life this was most interesting. As was the avenue of trees and how they have changed and how they were originally.Another useful site is:-

ath@woodland-trust.org.uk

I cannot help but be enthusiastic about this project. I have loved trees always. What better way to enjoy them but to learn more about them and save the planet.

 

 

 

 

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Favourite Walks in Cornwall……………… Black Head to Pentewan Along the Cliff Path

It was a dull start to a lovely day. You could feel spring in the air as I was doing my ironing, catching up before we set off to Black head near Porthbean in St.Austell to go to Pentewan over the cliff pathway. a walk I have done many times in my life. From a young girl through to my teens and then when I had the family young to now. In honesty I had avoided it for a while as it is one of the most difficult cliff walks around our area. Long and up hill and down dilly. Exhausting when you are twenty let alone fifty something.

 

It is however worth it. As you can see from the above photo, there are many little lovely bays and views to enjoy along the way. I am very used to walking. It is something I do on a regular basis, but this walk needs to be done when you are doing nothing else and having a relaxing day. Well. There we were, tracking along the pathway and enjoying the views and the flora. The cows that are about half way along have been there as a heard for many years. I did notice that this year they were more young ones than I remembered from before. Though I thought about the effect foot and mouth must have had on the farmers.

 

We met numerous people along our way. Several different nationalities in fact, Chinese, German, English and Dutch. Some were in groups and stopped for a chat. There was more mud on the ground than any of us expected as the weather had ben dry. the weather also supervised us by warming up and being sunny. In fact it was quite hot and the coat came off and was stuffed into the ruck sack. half way and we stopped for late lunch. I had a Cornish pasty and my husband had sandwiches. flask of tea and a rest much needed.