We had a staff training walk at Hatfield Forest this evening and, naturally, I took my camera along. As well as learning about the conservation work going on in the forest we also visited some of the biggest and oldest trees. The first one we saw was once one of a pair near each other which were known to locals as Gog and Magog on account of their size. Sadly one of them was blown down in a storm but the remaining tree is still an arresting sight.
The second tree we visited is currently the biggest in the Forest and we discovered it took four and a half people to completely encircle it. It's probably around 800 years old, although it's not Hatfield Forest's oldest tree - that honour goes to some of the ancient pollarded trees which may be as old as 1200 years.
Towards the end of our walk we saw the Hebridean sheep, one of two flocks kept in the Forest to keep graze various locations and keep the scrub down. They heard us coming and obligingly posed for my camera for a couple of minutes before returning to the more pressing matter of eating!
2 May 2017