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Photography: Digital, C-type, Black & White on Canvas, Paper.
Ancient Tree Inventory ID: 3708
What3Words Location: saturate.facing.tight
Public access: No
Species: Downy Birch (Betula pubescens)
Girth: 3.32m (10.89ft)
Approximate age: circa 150-200 years (?)
Without taking core samples, there are no reliable methods for dating birch trees, but by its girth, this is the oldest surviving ancient Downy Birch in Sussex. It clings precariously to a sandstone outcrop in a large, private garden near Groombridge. Birch are pioneer trees and so rarely attain any great size before being replaced by longer-lived species. Perhaps the difficult growing conditions at this location have helped to preserve it.
This photograph is part of an ongoing series, ‘The Old Ones’ which is a photographic record of the oldest and largest trees surviving in the English county of Sussex.
Available as open and limited edition prints. Limited editions are made on heavyweight (300gsm) cotton rag, fine art paper. Unframed, with a 2 inch wide, white border (border not included in the size shown), they are supplied in a tube for framing to your taste. One of a series of ten. Signed and dated by the artist and issued with a Certificate of Authentication.