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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 479
 Date Entered 26/03/2012
 Updated on 26/03/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree/Shrub Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Location Summer Lodge Beck Head
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SD 96445 95159
 Altitude 392m
 Geology Waterfall ravine through Main Chert
 Record Name Summerlodge Beck Head. Ancient rowan with exposed root.
 Record Description Rowan approximately 2.8m girth with fully exposed root which, having destabilised the rock of the cliff, now runs for a distance of 3m across the turf above the cliff to turn down and enter the cliff at a lower level.
 Dimensions See photographs
 Geographical area Mid Swaledale
 Additional Notes The visible trunks and branches of this tree can be described as ancient on grounds of the girth of 2.8m, its overall appearance and the presence of dead wood, however strictly speaking the visible rowan tree may not live for many decades, perhaps one or two centuries. The rootstock is however truly ancient and will continue to live and to throw up new young shoots to replace the visible tree. Close examination of this tree reveals a fresh young rowan sapling which will survive and replace the existing tree when all trace of its existence has disappeared. Question! Bearing in mind that the very large sepentlike root now exposed, originally penetrated far within the rock as a threadlike root seeking moisture, to grow and expand and in time to completely destabilise the cliff, much of which has now disaappeared. How old is this tree?
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