WEFOUNDThe Savernake Big Belly Oak


Our first tree of the new year is one that signifies a major milestone in the Ancient Tree Hunt's recording so far - our 30,000th record!

The Big Belly Oak is one of the most famous trees in the country; the 11+ metre girthed Sessile Oak can be found in the Royal Hunting Forest of Savernake in Wiltshire and has allegedly been around since the time of William The Conqueror. It is also one of almost 6,000 records from Savernake Forest that were uploaded by the ATH's expert verifier and TROBI registrar David Alderman. Nearly 4,500 of these records have been classified as either ancient or veteran trees, which signifies the importance of the site as a home for old trees.

We have a target of 55,000 records to reach by the end of 2009 - so even though we are doing brilliantly so far we still need your help to find more and more trees. They may be less obvious and off the beaten track so we need you to use all your tree-hunting expertise gained so far to help us reach our target!

They are hardly, it must be said, ideal circumstances for anybody welcoming a new addition to the family – let alone a lord of the realm.

So broke that he and his wife live on £10-a-day Jobseeker’s Allowance in the grounds of his ancestral home, the 4,500-acre Savernake Estate in Wiltshire, which has been in his family for nigh on 1,000 years.

They have neither heating nor hot water and are forced to shower at a local public baths. Yet despite their dire financial situation, the couple are celebrating. 

Savernake Forest is on a Cretaceous chalk plateau between Marlborough and Great Bedwyn in Wiltshire , England . Its area is approximately 4,500 acres (18 km 2 ; 7.0 sq mi). [1]

It is privately owned by the Marquess of Ailesbury and his family, and is administered by trustees. Since 1939 the timber of the forest has been managed by the Forestry Commission on a 999-year lease. The private status of Savernake - Britain's only privately owned forest - is maintained by shutting the forest to the public one day per year.

Savernake's landform is one of rolling downland dissected by both dry and wet valleys. The valleys within the forest, of which there are four, are all dry valleys, and the presence of Cretaceous deposits of Clay-with-Flints creates the damp heavy soils suited to dense cover of oak and beech . There are patches of poor drainage and wet soil.

Our first tree of the new year is one that signifies a major milestone in the Ancient Tree Hunt's recording so far - our 30,000th record!

The Big Belly Oak is one of the most famous trees in the country; the 11+ metre girthed Sessile Oak can be found in the Royal Hunting Forest of Savernake in Wiltshire and has allegedly been around since the time of William The Conqueror. It is also one of almost 6,000 records from Savernake Forest that were uploaded by the ATH's expert verifier and TROBI registrar David Alderman. Nearly 4,500 of these records have been classified as either ancient or veteran trees, which signifies the importance of the site as a home for old trees.

We have a target of 55,000 records to reach by the end of 2009 - so even though we are doing brilliantly so far we still need your help to find more and more trees. They may be less obvious and off the beaten track so we need you to use all your tree-hunting expertise gained so far to help us reach our target!

They are hardly, it must be said, ideal circumstances for anybody welcoming a new addition to the family – let alone a lord of the realm.

So broke that he and his wife live on £10-a-day Jobseeker’s Allowance in the grounds of his ancestral home, the 4,500-acre Savernake Estate in Wiltshire, which has been in his family for nigh on 1,000 years.

They have neither heating nor hot water and are forced to shower at a local public baths. Yet despite their dire financial situation, the couple are celebrating. 

Our first tree of the new year is one that signifies a major milestone in the Ancient Tree Hunt's recording so far - our 30,000th record!

The Big Belly Oak is one of the most famous trees in the country; the 11+ metre girthed Sessile Oak can be found in the Royal Hunting Forest of Savernake in Wiltshire and has allegedly been around since the time of William The Conqueror. It is also one of almost 6,000 records from Savernake Forest that were uploaded by the ATH's expert verifier and TROBI registrar David Alderman. Nearly 4,500 of these records have been classified as either ancient or veteran trees, which signifies the importance of the site as a home for old trees.

We have a target of 55,000 records to reach by the end of 2009 - so even though we are doing brilliantly so far we still need your help to find more and more trees. They may be less obvious and off the beaten track so we need you to use all your tree-hunting expertise gained so far to help us reach our target!


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