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A pheonix tree

In a hidden corner of Bransdale in the North York Moors, there is a quite remarkable tree. A multi-stemmed, partially collapsed Small-leaved Lime (Tilia cordata).


According to a biological survey carried out by the National Trust, it’s very unlikely to have been planted here and so, is of particular significance.


  • The species is found in places which have had a long ecological continuity such as ancient woods, old hedgebanks and on crags and cliffs.
  • It is mainly a southern species, a relict from warmer times.
  • It reaches the northern limit of its British range in Yorkshire and the Lake District, so this tree is one of the most northerly native specimens!
  • It is generally only capable of natural regeneration by vegetative means; it is therefore unable to colonise new sites.
  • However, the tree having now regenerated by layering (due to a recent collapse of the original tree) means a new generation of small-leaved lime have been created.


Dangerous Trees

Taking out dangerous trees, i.e those that could cause serious damage to property or injury to people is of paramount importance and at Bransdale, one of the National Trust’s properties in the North York Moors, the ranger team I work with have been involved with removing some recently.

After the heavy winds in September we had the task of felling a very big Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) which had unfortunately developed a large vertical fracture making it dangerous (see the video above!). Yesterday we again headed to Bransdale and had the task of dropping a dangerous limb on an Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur) by using a winch and felling a tall Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) which was leaning and had also developed a large vertical fracture.