Before the next recent sightings entry, a shameless plug. The Cwm yr Esgob oak, at RSPB Carngafallt, Rhayader, has been nominated for the Woodland Trust Wales' Tree of the Year Award. It is a wonderful tree, thought to be at least half a century old, and boasts many classic features of veterans, of which a rather large rowan air tree is perhaps the most immediately striking. I urge you to vote for it! For more details of this and other trees in the competition, and to vote, please visit http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/tree-of-the-year/wales/. The competition closes on the 9th.

The Cwm yr Esgob oak, with ecologist Ray Woods for scale (L.F. Williams)

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