Younger trees, old tree

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, National Trust, North Yorkshire

Today I’m taking you (again) to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. We’ll walk up the High Ride, through glades of trees, in relatively young maturity …

… before descending to saunter through the parkland of Studley Royal. I’ve got a lot of ancient trees to show you next week, but today I’ll show you just one. A cherry tree, or what’s left of it. It’s about 400 years old, which is unfathomably old for a fruit tree. I must say it looks its age. But isn’t it remarkable?

A newer branch has somehow grown from that ancient trunk.

For Becky’s Walking Squares, and Bren’s Midweek Monochrome.

56 thoughts on “Younger trees, old tree

    1. No Jo, don’t panic. I’m not squaring again this week. In fact I’m contemplating a blogging holiday. Even reading posts is taking up way too much time, interesting as this always is.

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  1. Oh Margaret these are beautiful.. That cherry tree is amazing.. its got attitude and thinks to itself..’There is life in this old tree yet!’ πŸ˜‚

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    1. And we may never acquire such status. I heard last week that the oldest known tree in the UK, a yew in Scotland, is thought to be some 6000 years old. My mind can’t really take that in.

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  2. These are much spookier in b&w. The last shot is my favourite. I’m fascinated by old trees too and tried to look up the one you mentioned. Is it the Fortingall Yew, do you remember? I found the Crowhurst Yew in the same search, which has a door in it.

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    1. We weren’t told the name of the yew. But I’m sure you’re right. And there’s a tree in the Dales with a door in it, and its hollow form has made it into a cosy space for tinies.

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  3. Fantastic knobbly trunk. Is that age for a cherry a record breaker? Reading the comment thread I was interested to see you were thinking about reducing or taking a blogging break. I have been toying with the idea of only posting once a month. It’s been a combination of events, but also I am finding the general, wider mood is not helpful either.

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    1. I think that cherry is something of a record breaker. As to blogging – I find the blogging community a supportive one, but those who are interested in me interest me too, and there aren’t the hours in the day.

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  4. Dear Margaret
    We love old trees but didn’t know that fruit trees can survive that many years. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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