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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 428
 Date Entered 12/01/2012
 Updated on 15/01/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 09/01/2012
 Location Holgate Beck Woods. Part One. East Bank, Hollins Wood. .
 Civil Parish New Forest
 Brit. National Grid NZ 0631 0426
 Altitude 275m
 Geology Drift covered stream banks and lower dale slopes on faulted chert and sandstone strata below the Underset Limestone.
 Record Name Holgate Beck Woods and. Rispey Wood. Mixed deciduous woodland dominated by Upland Birch Wood and Alder Wood
 Record Description Species reduced woodland on the East Bank of Holgate Beck (Wych Elm very scarce and only at lower end by Goats Bridge) above Goats Bridge with old coppiced alder and birch locally dominant, but with ash, elders, blackthorn, hawthorn and hazel coppice also. This ancient wood has been protected by rabbit proof fencing and the regeneration of alder and birch has been remarkable, see photos. This demonstrates the sense of natural regeneration and the case against mass planting of established native woodland.
 Dimensions See photographs
 Geographical area Swaledale North Bank Catchment
 Common / Notable Species Downy birch, alder, ash, blackthorn, hazel coppice,hawthorn, elders,
 Additional Notes Woodland on the West Bank of Holgate Beck (Rispey Wood) will be recorded seperately as Part Two.
 Image 1 ID 2054         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Holgate beck Wood and Rispey Wood from the North.
 Image 2 ID 2055         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Holgate beck Wood and Rispey Wood from the South with planted fir by the stream
 Image 3 ID 2056         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Alderwood at Upper edge of the woodland. Large alder pollard with blackthorn.
 Image 4 ID 2062         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Alders, cloned ring? Top edge of Hollins wood.
 Image 5 ID 2061         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Mature Alders with massed seedlings, just visible top right.
 Image 6 ID 2060         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Alder and blackthorn.
 Image 7 ID 2059         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Alder coppice at abandoned stream channel below Hollin Brow.
 Image 8 ID 2058         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Alder coppice at abandoned stream channel below Hollin Brow.
 Image 9 ID 2057         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Alder coppice at abandoned stream channel below Hollin Brow.
 Image 11 ID 2070
 Image 11 Description 
 Image 12 ID 2071
 Image 12 Description Old birch on line of old drystone wall.
 Image 13 ID 2066
 Image 13 Description Solitary ash in pasture above Rispey Wood. A survivor.
 Image 14 ID 2067
 Image 14 Description The same ash showing gale damage.
 Image 15 ID 2068
 Image 15 Description The loss of limb but still standing, but for how long- until the next gale perhaps.
 Image 16 ID 2069
 Image 16 Description Ash, birch, hawthorn, blackthorn and elder- relicts of earlier woodland once more extensive.
 Image 17 ID 2064
 Image 17 Description Ancient laid ash. A relict hedgerow tree. Hedgerows preceded the parliamentary enclosures in Swaledale.
 Image 18 ID 2065
 Image 18 Description ASh. Detail.
 Image 19 ID 2075
 Image 19 Description Silver fir, Abies alba, five planted trees for landscape effect near the Beck.
 Image 20 ID 2077
 Image 20 Description Silver fir, Abies alba, five planted trees for landscape effect near the Beck.
 Image 21 ID 2078
 Image 21 Description Silver fir, Abies alba, five planted trees for landscape effect near the Beck.
 Image 23 ID 2080
 Image 23 Description Silver fir, Abies alba, five planted trees for landscape effect near the Beck.
 Image 24 ID 2081
 Image 24 Description Silver fir, Abies alba, five planted trees for landscape effect near the Beck.
 Image 25 ID 2082
 Image 25 Description Cone. Abies alba, showing squirrel activity.
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