Wight Conservation - Veteran Trees
Wight Conservation Overview
Veteran trees are amongst the countryside’s most valuable treasures. They
have an unrivalled aura of grace, romance and history. Sir David Attenborough
stated, “Ancient trees are precious. There is little else on earth that plays
host to such a community of wildlife within a single living organism.” Wight
Conservation is proud of its veteran trees which exist in the two former wood
pastures, Wroxall Copse and Rowborough. They number some 150, consisting
principally of pollarded ash, field maple and crab apple. They have a priority
in our woodland plans, even though their management can be expensive and on
occasions, such as when reducing the height of the crown, dangerous.
Ancient Tree Forum Report
In December 2003, Ted Green MBE, President of the Ancient Tree Forum, and
Jill Butler, Conservation Policy Officer for the Woodland Trust, visited our two
old wood pastures and gave us a comprehensive management report. The report
emphasises the high conservation value of both woods, Wroxall Copse in
particular. Wroxall Copse is believed to be in the top 50-100 sites in the
country, and Rowborough in the top 350.
It is important for the general wildlife that the woods with veteran trees
are left undisturbed as possible. Nevertheless, in order to share their beauty
with more people, Wight Conservation will organise one walk to each site each
year. Numbers, however, will be strictly limited and booking will be essential.
For further details, please CLICK HERE.