The Dumb tree speaks……..

The attached clips are from fieldwork done with Paul Ardron and my Swedish colleague Rikard Andersson on ageing ancient trees in and around the Peak District.

The coring to count the annual rings is undertaken carefully to avoid damage to the tree, and most samples are of coppice re-growths or major branches.

We were amazed to hear the noise emanating from the tree – the result of 10,000s of tiny vessels of water- from the roots to the high canopy, snapping under the stress of the evaporative pull of the dry atmosphere [evapotranspiration] – fascinating – and audible from several metres away.

But watch out for the research outputs on our region’s trees as this work is providing a new insight into historic uses and the amazing ages of some trees and woods – in the meantime, listen to the oaks……


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