Veteran Tree 14 – Beech

Woodland Trust Veteran Tree Id: 202253

Grid ref SJ 41197 88969   W3W ///calls.flap.bared

Veteran Tree 14 is a huge beech tree on the side of the smaller path near to Childwall Abbey Road.

Ancient Characteristics 

Girth: 3m 84cm

Although still a beautiful tall tree, this beech is shedding its branches and entering its last stage of life.

On one side of its trunk is a very long deep hollow roughly 1.5 metres long, probably originating from a branch fall but now providing the perfect environment for fungus, insects and bats.

On the opposite side of the tree, you can see the massive scar of a branch that dropped in the summer of 2019. The scar is gaping and hollow and shows clearly where water had been gathering in the joint.

The branch that fell was itself huge and became too heavy for the tree to sustain.

Other ancient characteristics include water ingress at the base of the trunk and splitting bark, both giving the fungi spores a chance to enter the heartwood and slowly hollow it out.

This impressive old veteran is likely to be 240 years old but with many years ahead of it providing a wonderful habitat for the woodland creatures.

 B Cameron

All photographs are the author’s own.

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