My favorite place among the many bushes | Travel
Destroyed surprises: Caerlaverock, Dumfries & Galloway
My work as a woodcutter specialist in Scottish provides an opportunity to explore many ancient trees. One of my favorites is Castle Wood, in Caerlaverock Castle, in the 13th century, a triangular ruin south of Dumfries. Few visitors are familiar with the secrets of ancient lumber beside it, which recent research has only recently discovered. There are fossils and well-known ancient trees, all in the sky – on the shores of Solway. Trees are a nature reserve and seem calm every time I visit, but they have a long history of management. The investigation here will reveal the old banks surrounding the houses built 800 years ago, where a larger fence was added 400 years ago, and there are banks with old wooden trees and occasional pollard. On the way the wood is wet and wild, so bring the wellies for a closer look.
Dr Coralie Mills, founder of dendrochronicle.co.uk
Expensive mountains: Eglwysegs, Llangollen
The towering cliffs above Llangollen are high. The combination of scree and thoughtful escarpments – including 13th-century Castell Dinas Brân – gives me an escape from everyday life. They are part of the Clwydian Range and Dee valley of AONB, so they have unique flora and fauna. I have seen dance birds, gorgeous orange frogs dive, and even rocky falcons roaming the cliffs in search of prey. I’ve had the opportunity to meet special prices, too. Many of the great trees of Offa’s Dyke Path – shown below – grow here. Llangollen whitebeam, an endangered species, thrives mainly here, in addition to other valuable resources – large, wind-blown, old yews.
Rob McBride, stockbroker and founder of Treespect CIC
Old oak trees: Studley Royal, North Yorkshire
Photo: Anna deacon
A wonderful walk between old trees, lemons and delicious chestnuts, this is a place to stay. Abbey springs were sealed from Ripon, off the A1, and from his car is a 15 minute walk to the Studley Royal water park. Local politician John Aislabie inherited the Studley Royal legacy in the early 18th century and, inspired by French artists, created a fascinating garden and a zoo with river tracks, vistas and fools. It has not changed much, and it became a world heritage site of Unesco in 1986. In 1767, Aislabie bought the ruins of the neighboring Fountains Abbey and built Surprise View – a magnificent archaeological site with the River Skell ahead. I love this place: you feel yourself with the beauty of the trees.
Judy Dowling, lead a volunteer, Ancient Tree Inventory, Woodland Trust
Deciduous beech trees: Coombe Hill, Chilterns
A short walk from Wendover to Mount Coombe can be done on a chalk entrance or in a muddy ridge. Hard work meets with glory, for the Chilterns are home to some of the most expensive trees in England. A favorite spot on this mountain, the Low Scrubs, has a stagnant crop: trees that have already been cut down to two or three feet to allow for the use of timber and new growth. These are old bees, along with old hazel, hornbeam and cherry trees; try to see them. Hundreds of years ago, local people gathered firewood here, under human rights, until the 1805 Enclosure Act provided for the entire village to “the poor parishioners” to collect firewood. It is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. Go to the spring, if you can, to jump between the bluebells.
Laura Alcock-Ferguson, co-founder and CEO of Ancient Tree Forum
Old and new growth: Trees of Kinrara and Duke of Gordon monument, Highlands
Tom Banks at his foreign conference in Cairngorms. Photo: Anna deacon
The site is a picture of the Scottish Mountains with views over the loch trees, small towns and rugged mountains. The trek is three miles[3 km]high, and I slowly climb the small hill to the Duke of Gordon Monument. The old trail runs through an old birch of silver, juniper and old gnarly Scots pins. The ground is full of blaeberries in summer and mushrooms in autumn. Along the way the forest opens up, and I see across the Spey River to the high mountains with lush vegetation. This makes me smile, knowing that the green leaves are part of the Cairngorms Connect project that combines all the small trees into one forest, creating a great animal. Arriving at the top right of the trail, a huge stone pillar of the Duke of Gordon appears. Views from here are of Northern Corries spectacular Cairngorm Mountain.
Tom Banks, sculptor
Pine magic: Eildon Woods, Scottish Border
Trees are a patch of “wild” within the Boundaries. Around the Eildon Mountains, it is home to red squirrels, countless birds, and large trees. I remember as a child looking at them in the window of my bedroom: from a distance, they looked black and unidentified. Walking through the winter together and meeting near the deer turned them into a special place. Afterwards, I took my mother and walked there with light, rain and snow; these visits were a major part of his life with Alzheimer’s disease. For me, every move in Eildon Woods is a new journey. In January, I take a deep breath under the snow-covered trees and see the gold chairs and horizontal signs. In March, I look for the first ripe fruit, and May is the best month for quiet reading between rowans and spreading gorse tangles. Augustes find me grumbling in my favorite flower garden, mocking the summer berry. Warning: the forest is also the home of the Fairy Queen, or the legendary boundary!
Tim Chamberlain, director of Wild Tree Adventures
Coastal Forest: Newhailes Estate, East Lothian
Anna Neubert-Wood. Photo: Anna deacon
The journey begins at my home. To finish my working days at home, I used to go to the bush near Newhailes, the National Trust. I am privileged to have it just across the street – and a beautiful nature reserve with views across the ocean, as well as beautiful and dense forests. They are popular with dog walkers, which is why I like to walk off the main roads to the dense jungle, in the trees. I like to be around a campfire and breathe. It is beautiful, especially when it is raining, to protect you from the beautiful ceiling. Some days, I like to be a part of the song of birds, blowing the leaves in the leaves and trees to communicate. I feel safe, I have a baby and I am happy there.
Anna Neubert-Wood, founder, WanderWomen
Hearts of oak: Birnam to Dunkeld, Perthshire
Emma Roe. Photo: Anna deacon
The trail is unique to me: it traverses ancient Birnam Oak, an ancient solid, rugged, and rocky tree that has stood for six centuries. “Young Pretender” (300 years old) stands next to him, equally impressive. Walking along the trail, along the running river, you are led to a small wooden bridge, complete with Pooh sticks. When you turn right before crossing the bridge, you enter a magical tree where you can see old trees and stumps that have withered with beavers’ teeth, small mushrooms that grow from mossy bark, and delicate flowers of a fragrant flower. This could be a place for fairies if you believe in such things. When you stand still, you can see a red squirrel looking down with interest through the old lichen (Usnea barbata). After strong winds, algae can be collected under the ground (the most reliable method of harvesting) of the drug (it has antibacterial and antifungal properties).
Emma Roe, herbalist
Fairytale Prices: Amberley, Gloucestershire
Tor Webster. Photo: Matilda Temperley
My favorite places among the trees are not famous or famous, but they are special to me and have been a big part of my life. It is a forest where I lived as a child. We lived in a bush house in Amberley, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. I spend many hours climbing prices. Naturally I am attracted to different prices at different times. I had trees that I felt comforted by, trees that would encourage me, trees that I could play with. When I go back to the forest today, it still has the same magic, but it is less popular and more controlled today. We should go out into the woods, play there and have fun; they will respond by holding you and rejoicing over you. I am a tourist guide and I believe my relationship with that forest has helped me share the glory of our sanctuary with others.
Tor Webster, tour guide, Glastonbury
Marichi of giants: Benmore, Argyll & Bute
David Knott. Photo: Anna deacon
My favorite place among the trees is the beautiful redwood landscape at Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll. It is one of the most impressive gates in the world, with two existing rows of 49 existing trees of 50 planted in Benmore in 1863, shortly after the tree was introduced in the UK. The road is over 500 meters long, and most trees are now over 50 meters high. Walking beneath the church, with its small branches growing up to a high mountain, is gentle and encouraging. Humble you realize that we are a small minority among the tallest trees compared to the tallest trees in California that can grow more than 80 meters and live 3,000 years. However, climate change in Benmore has brought about subtle changes in rainfall patterns – the rainy season and the dry springs – so an important approach to floral support is needed to save the process and encourage future generations.
David Knott, curator, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
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