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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 642
 Date Entered 14/11/2012
 Updated on 14/11/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Private
 Location Clapgate Gill
 Civil Parish Marske
 Brit. National Grid 
 Geology Drift over Yoredale Limestone series of strata
 Record Name Relict hedgerow trees on ancient field boundaries in Clapgate Gill
 Record Description This record shows the fine ancient hedgerow ash and crab apple which, together with planted larch and oak trees are such a distinctive feature of the landscape of Clapgate Gill. Clapgate, rich in earthworks of medieval and earlier date is surely one of the most picturesque of the tributary dales of Swaledale. Most of these trees are visible from the old road from Richmond to Marske, but careful driving and parking will be needed to see them.
 Dimensions See photos
 Geographical area Lower Swaledale
 Species Ash, crab apple, oak, larch
 Additional Notes It is important that a good photographic record is made of the fine old ash trees which are so distinctive a presence in Swaledale in the sad event that they are infected by the current pathogen threatening the Nation's Ash Trees. However all surviving ash trees in the Dales are and have been reducing in number from wind fall every year. These old trees have enjoyed a long hard life and will not be replaced by mass planting of trees which will always look like plantations and these will have a different future.
 Image 1 ID 3689         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The Clapgate Oak in winter
 Image 2 ID 3682         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The Clapgate Ash
 Image 3 ID 3686         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The Clapgate ash, detail.
 Image 4 ID 3685         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description 
 Image 5 ID 3684         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Ancient ash and crab apple trees define an ancient Hedgerow.
 Image 6 ID 3683         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Ancient ash trees and an ancient crab apple whose trunk measures 4m girth (in full blossom and now windblown but alive) trees define an ancient hedgerow.
 Image 7 ID 3687         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Fine oak carefully placed and planted to enhance the landscape
 Image 8 ID 3688         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description 
 Image 9 ID 3691         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Clapgate, oak plantation, with larch and scots pine near road.
 Image 10 ID 3690         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Clapgate, oak plantation, with larch and scots pine near road.
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