Ancient Oak Pollards

Oak trees have been pollarded for centuries when they were an important source of many timber products, similar to coppicing but with the advantage that the new foliage was about 2 meters above ground, above the reach of grazing animals which could then be kept underneath. To learn about this remarkable system follow this link to the book, Pollard and Veteran Tree Management.  A  collection of essays including an introduction to pollards by Oliver Rackham.

The following pictures of the fantastic shapes these trees can grow into were taken recently in an ancient wood West Suffolk.