Standing alone

Lonely Oak Tree at Orchard Pool, Western Approach, South Glos, UK

It has been sometime since I have managed to get out since the last three consecutive storms battered our shores and got to play with my new toy, a TZ80 Panasonic camera.  Not a particularly high-end camera but still the first I have ever owned.  My partner had been tasked with surveying in the locale for trees that might be considered by for tree preservation orders and unmarked footpath in lieu of proposed residential housing to be built in the area, so we set-out to map the sites of 200 to 300 year old oaks trees.  It makes you think about what changes these trees have witnessed over their life-spans.  It was curious how pockets of ash trees have become cut-off by fallow fields, warehouses and A-roads.  Further along in our walk we stood in the middle of a field surrounded by sodden heavy excavators and bulldozers tracks that ‘criss-cross’ the sodden barren earth where once was an orchard now only lone oak tree stands alone.  It is curious, I thought, what makes some trees worthy of keeping and which get marked for culling?  Why are ash and hawthorns deemed expendable? 

Track marks from heavy excavators after woodland was cleared.