The continuous ridge of russet, stone-strewn lakeland mountain encircles a valley floor as flat as a paddy field. Lights of farms are beginning to spark and the cries of tawny owls reverberate around the bowl of darkening fells. In the distance, sunset pinks the snow-dusted peak of Glaramara. It is a suitable stage to approach the most notable trees of northern England.
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Wednesday 13 November 2013
Locals sometimes claim that the centuries-old grove of beech trees in Montejo de la Sierra in Spain is the most southerly in Europe or indeed the world. Not true – that honour goes to a beechwood on the slopes of Mount Etna. But even so there is little doubt the beech grove running alongside the edge of the River Jarama just north of Madrid is among Spain’s most beautiful and ancient, as well as being very rare for these latitudes.
Tales from the Trees: Errington Wood, North Yorks - Take to the high ground for a look back over the millennia
Saturday 05 October 2013
Even before you've consulted the car park signs, you just know this hump-backed wood heaves with history. There's something about its location that speaks of ancient concerns: positioning, clear lines of vision, the importance of higher ground. Then, as my wife dons a pack and I lift my son on to my shoulders, we pass information boards that confirm it. Stone Age man quarried here; by the Bronze Age, it had been re-imagined as a resting spot for chieftains. One look around and you understand why.
Friday 04 October 2013
Parts of forest, near Newport, infected by Phytophthora ramorum
Monday 29 July 2013
Four police officers could face criminal charges over the death of a mentally ill church caretaker who was restrained when he was arrested following a disturbance in the street, The Independent has learned.
Friday 12 July 2013
An appeal for the public to report tree disease has merely revealed our arboreal ignorance
Sunday 07 July 2013
Out of America: As summers get hotter we will see more blazes like the one that killed 19 firefighters last week
Tuesday 02 July 2013
More than a third of the world’s conifer species are threatened with extinction as a result of urbanisation, logging, disease and feral goats, according to an alarming new report.
Saturday 06 April 2013
The vacancy left by Big Buck’s at Cheltenham was worthily filled by Solwhit and, having won on this card in the past, he has obvious prospects of following up in the John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle today. But he did have a hard race at the Festival, and a sporting chance is taken with one who was tough enough to win fiercely contested handicaps at both meetings last year.
Thursday 21 February 2013
Forget the cheap stuff at the back of the supermarket fridge, properly made scrumpy is the drink of the gods.
Sunday 10 February 2013
Tales From The Trees
Tuesday 29 January 2013
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found by a colleague who was due to take her to work.
Saturday 19 January 2013
Some say every garden needs an evergreen. But which one to choose – the prettiest or the hardiest? Anna guides you through the picking process.
Sunday 09 December 2012
But governments try to reassure their citizens not to panic
Saturday 01 December 2012
What to do
Saturday 10 November 2012
Now is the perfect time to plant a new tree but you need to choose well – and put in the after-care, says Anna Pavord
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