Six trees to see

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Sycamore Gap
Sycamore Gap

There was unfettered outrage generated when the beautiful mature sycamore tree that stood at ‘Sycamore Gap’ along Hadrian’s Wall was unceremoniously felled last year. Quite rightly so.

In the latest copy of the Leicestershire and Rutland WILD magazine (Winter/Spring 2024) there are six ancient trees that are worth visiting in the UK. Trees are impressive at any time of the year but particularly in the winter. Winter is a great time to discover the UK’s old and unusual trees. Trees live for centuries and the shape of their trunk and branches tell the story of their long lives. Some grow tall, others wide and sprawling, creating natural living statues.

The six trees featured are to be found in Glenarm, Ulster; Shropshire, Moseley Bog, Cam Byddog (in Wales), Alderney (in the Channel Isles) and Prior’s Coppice in the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust area near to Braunston-in-Rutland.

It says “this truly ancient woodland is a relic of the once sprawling Leighfield Forest. Giant coppice ‘stools’ are evidence of centuries of traditional management. Coppicing extends the life of trees and some of the stools found here are an incredible 5m across.

Visit LE15 8DB and see for yourself.