Woodland talk roots out great facts on trees

Chairman Richard Hoskins is pictured with speaker Alan Hunton and club member Ken Wright.
Chairman Richard Hoskins is pictured with speaker Alan Hunton and club member Ken Wright.

Richard Hoskins, the Pocklington Probus Club chairman, welcomed members and the speaker Alan Hunton to the latest meeting.

After a few preliminaries Mr Hoskins asked Ken Wright to introduce Mr Hunton.

Ken said Alan was a long-standing member of the Woodland Trust and that he was very well qualified to speak on his subject of “Ancient Woodland and Trees in Yorkshire”.

Alan commenced his talk with some interesting facts about the Woodland Trust, which is the foremost body concerned with the preservation trees and forests in the UK.

He defined ancient woodlands as not only places where old trees grow but areas where the land had been used for tree cultivation for many many years, perhaps as far back as the Norman conquest as for example in the New Forest.

He illustrated his talk with photographs of trees and woods in Yorkshire and explained how a tree’s age could be estimated without its being felled to count the rings.

He stressed the importance that trees have in reducing air pollution and the need to plant more than is the current practice if woodland is to be preserved for the future use of and enjoyment by our grandchildren and their progeny.

He spent some time referring to Millington Woods, maintained by the East Riding Council. These woods had been derived from an area that had been planted many years ago to provide timber by coppicing to produce charcoal.

The talk led to a lively question and answer session after which Paul Giles proposed a vote of thanks which was carried with acclaim.