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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 449
 Date Entered 01/02/2012
 Updated on 01/02/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 01/01/2005
 Location Grinton PasturesWych elm pollards on and close to the eastern dike of the Grinton-Fremington Cross Valley Linear Earthwork.
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid 
 Altitude 225m
 Geology Glacial drift covered Lower Dale Slopes.
 Record Name Wych elm pollards on and close to the eastern dike of the Grinton-Fremington Linear Earthworks.
 Record Description This record includes a photograph taken during the late 1980's which shows the woodland on the earthwork as it existed before Dutch Elm Disease took final toll of the elm trees. The good news is that several of the ancient wych elms thought to be dead are throwing up young shoots from the root system. This raises the question : How old are the saplings from these trees? Possible answer: The calander age of the sapling 5 years. The genetic age of the sapling: medieval!
 Dimensions See photgraphs
 Geographical area Mid Swaledale
 Species Wych elms
 Scientific Name Ulmus glabra
 Additional Notes Andrew Fleming first recognised the significance of the ancient Wych Elms which were recently such a fine teature of the Lower Pastures of Swaledale. Andrew is seen here counting the tree rings of the ongrowth from a large elm pollard to determine the date of the previous cuts from the pollard. Most elm pollards were last cut around 120-180 years ago.
 Image 1 ID 2212         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Andrew Fleming first recognised the significance of the ancient Wych Elms which were recently such a fine feature of the Lower Pastures of Swaledale.
 Image 2 ID 2211         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Andrew Fleming first recognised the significance of the ancient Wych Elms of the Lower Pastures of Swaledale. Andrew (EAL watching!) is seen counting the tree rings on the largest ongrowth from this fallen elmpollard
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