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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

SWAAG Project 

Woodland, Trees and Relict Hedges in Swaledale


This Project aims to promote further understanding and appreciation of the wealth of veteran trees and relict woodland in Swaledale, and will be carried out by interested members of the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeological Group (SWAAG) which is associated with the Friends of the Swaledale Museum.

The purpose is to record the distribution and composition of surviving woodland fragments in Swaledale, generally those small fragments of native trees which survive on limestone scars or at locations inaccessible to grazing stock, as well as relict hedgerows and individual trees ‘of a certain age’.

We shall provide a snapshot record of veteran native trees, relict hedgerows and woodland vegetation in their landscape setting and geological context in order to provide a baseline record against which their continued existence can be measured.

We shall visit very many locations, from river and dale side to the highest and most remote limestone scars. We will cover a wide area and a broad subject. A challenge indeed.

All records will be taken using the procedures recommended by the Woodland Trust and all records taken by SWAAG members will be submitted to the Woodland Trust Ancient Tree Hunt Project. Training will be arranged. 

We also plan a series of monographs on specific locations and on the various tree and shrub species.

New members who would wish to take part in our tree, hedge and woodland survey will be most welcome.

Swaledale Woodland Project Database

Please note that from 2011 all tree records are being added to the SWAAG DATABASE. Please see this page. 

Relevant websites:
Ancient Tree Hunt
Juniper in the British Uplands
Estimating the Age of Large and Veteran trees
Veteran Tree Methodology
Ancient Yew Group
Ancient Yew in Upland and Cliff Habitats in the UK
Tree Register

Ancient Yews, Fell End. Arkengarthdale

Ancient Yews, Fell End. Arkengarthdale

Ancient Yews, Fell End. Arkengarthdale

Yews, Fremington Edge

Large Leafed Lime. Whitcliffe Scar.

Rowan growing through skeletal ancient Yew. Marske

Rowan growing through skeletal ancient Yew. Marske.

Juniper. Spring End.

Veteran English Oak, West Hagg

May, Whitcliffe Scar, High Applegarth, Richmond.

Veteran English Oak, West Hagg.

Veteran English Oak, West Hagg