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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***** 624
 Date Entered 26/10/2012
 Updated on 05/02/2014
 Recorded by Will Swales
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 26/10/2012
 Location Dry gill behind Hirst Ridge (between Cogden Gill and Grinton Gill)
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 047 972
 Altitude 300m
 Record Name Ring-barked rowan tree infected by honey fungus
 Record Description This old rowan tree surrounded by a splendid display of autumnal fungus made a fascinating sight to a townie who photographed it on 25 October 2012 in a dry gill behind Hirst Ridge (between Cogden Gill and Grinton Gill. However, Tim Laurie advises that the images reveal a sorry future for the tree. He writes: “this fine old tree has been almost ring barked by starving rabbits. The tree would be dead if fully ring barked - the usual fate of all isolated trees except ancient hawthorns and self-seeded scots pine. The fungus is Honey Fungus, Armillaria mellea, which is a serious menace to many tree species."

Post script - Tim Laurie's prognosis proved to be entirely accurate. On a SWAAG group walk led by Tim on 4 February 2014, this tree was found dead on the ground, snapped off at its base by the wind - see photograph below.
 Geographical area Upper Swaledale
 Species Rowan
 Scientific Name 
 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes 
 Image 1 ID 3503         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 2 ID 3504         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 3 ID 3505         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 4 ID 3506         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description 
 Image 5 ID 5039         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The same rowan tree as it was found on 4 February 2014, snapped off at the base by the wind
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