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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***** 659
 Date Entered 10/12/2012
 Updated on 10/12/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 01/05/2005
 Location Harkerside Low Lane below Whitbecks.
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 0360 9864
 Altitude 180m
 Geology Edge of late glacial lake terrace.
 Record Name Wych elms laid as hedgerow trees at Low Lane, Whitbecks. These trees are long since dead from dutch elm bark beetle disease
 Record Description Relict hedgerow with laid wych elms all now long dead from Dutch Elm Bark Beetle disease. This photograph shows Andrew Fleming and Oliver Rackham, who had come from Cambridge, examining the hedgerow elms and was taken during the initial survey of the ancient wych elm pollards of Swaledale. These ancient wych elms had then only just been recognised by Andrew Fleming. The first of these ancient wych elm pollards to be recognised (recognised by Andrew in my presence) was located by the right of way at Ewelop Hill, east of Fremington. (For the present state of this Wych Elm Pollard at Ewlop Hill, see swaag database site no ).
 Dimensions See photographs
 Geographical area Mid Swaledale
 Species Wych elm
 Scientific Name Ulmus glabra
 Additional Notes These two 'historic' photos show wych elm trees which have now long since been cut up for firewood illustrate the importance of making a record of the mature landscape trees of all species which are so significant in the historic and present day Swaledale landscape.
 Image 1 ID 3839         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Andrew Fleming examines the relict laid hedgerow wych elm tree at Low Lane, Whitbecks.
 Image 2 ID 3840         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Andrew Fleming and Oliver Rackham, author of many works on Trees including 'Woodlands' the 100th Volume in the Collins New Naturalist Series, examine the relict laid hedgerow wych elm tree at Low Lane, Whitbecks.
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