Our oldest oak
You may not know that the large oak tree, in the left corner of the green space beside the temporary car park extension, dates from around 1790. The veteran tree project is now underway, and a series of large logs have been installed around the oak to protect it, since if the ground around it gets too compacted the roots will suffer. When the weather improves, volunteers may be needed to help spike the area and improve aeration. A value of £250,000 has been put on the tree – though we are not entirely sure how that sum has been calculated! There may be a future project to name the tree, which could be coupled with the schools project to name the stream.