SJ3801 : Holly Tree at The Hollies near Lordshill

taken 7 years ago, near to Snailbeach, Shropshire, Great Britain

Holly Tree at The Hollies near Lordshill
Holly Tree at The Hollies near Lordshill
The large number of mature Holly trees here are counted amongst the very oldest in all of the UK, most being around 400 years old. They were cut for winter fodder for cows and sheep from medieval times onwards, the leaves being rich in both nutrients and calories and the leaves harvested were from the higher branches, being softer and 'prickle free'. It was a common practice all over the country but a rare example of a purpose-planted wood of this type survives here in remote Shropshire.

Many of the hollies have Rowan trees growing from their ancient trunks - seeded in bird droppings and sprouting in cracks in the holly bark.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 1 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 3 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3832 0188 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.6707N 2:54.7403W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3831 0187
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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