We are hugely privileged to have a number of ancient oaks
on the farm. These majestic trees, over 200 years old, are not only beautiful, but also
very important for wildlife.
Each oak tree can support about 350 different
species of insects - more than any other species of tree.
A single tree may have more than 30 different species of lichen
growing on its bark. Huge numbers of creatures seek food and
shelter in the crevices of the bark, amongst the canopy of
fresh green leaves, the hollow trunks of old trees, the leaf
litter and branches of dead and rotting wood at its base.
We look after our ancient oaks as best we
can, with occasional visits from the tree surgeon as required.
We're also ensuring the next generation of oaks and other
native species on the farm with an ongoing tree-planting programme.