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Farming and Environment | 11th January 2024
 

Great oaks from little acorns grow

 
 
 

TVNR: Caring for Langholm’s ancient woodlands

The Longwood ancient woodlands which surround Jenny Nobles Gill in the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve are an incredibly special habitat with infamous veteran oak trees which are hundreds of years old. These wonderful old trees have their own unique ecosystem and can provide a home for hundreds of other different species like fungi, mosses, insects and birds.

To really thrive, these trees need lots of space and light to keep growing to a grand old age – some ancient oaks can live for more than 1000 years. At the moment, these stunning veterans are really crowded by younger birch trees which are blocking light, casting heavy shade and this is causing them to decline with lower branches starting to die back.

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