Offas Dyke's Ancient Trees

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 4 October 2017

Rob McBride Offas Dyke
Image © Rob McBride

Old trees are the last vestiges of a disappeared landscape, witness to many significant events in Wales' history. Much has been written of the castles, the country houses and the battles in and around Offa's Dyke. But this is the first time these amazing natural monuments of the dyke have been recorded and surveyed.

Rob McBride is a Tree Hunter based in Ellesmere, Shropshire. For the last 8 years he has been walking the 177 miles long Offas Dyke Path and Offas Dyke Monument in his quest to find, record and promote the very special ancient, veteran and heritage trees of this fascinating borderland ‘treescape’. Describing the Dyke as a ‘Linear Nature Reserve’ Mr McBride has appeared on BBC’s Countryfile three times during his project, even dangling from cliffs high above Llangollen surveying 1,000 year old ancient yew trees.

He records his ‘finds’ onto the Woodland Trusts Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) database/website in which he is a volunteer verifier. "It's like being a landscape detective," he explains.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.
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