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Horner Wood, Somerset

Horner Wood wood pasture oak pollards

Location: Somerset

Region: South West

Grid Ref: SS895431

Owner / Manager: National Trust

Access: Open access

664 trees recorded including Oak, Rowan and Ash.

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  • Aljos Farjon says:
    Posted November 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    The oaks in the above picture are not pollards but wind-sheared oaks on upper slopes close to the moorland in what I have interpreted as oak coppice woodland. In the valley bottoms are oak standards in former hazel coppice woods. I have not been able to find genuine oak pollards in Horner Wood, but perhaps I missed a few? Despite claims to the contrary, Horner Wood is not ancient pasture woodland (or ‘wood pasture’ the incorrect translation of Domesday Book’s “silva pastilis”). It was intensively managed woodland.

    • Brian Muelaner says:
      Posted January 05, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Aljos
      I agree that this image is most probably not of a lapsed pollard but assure you that Horner wood certainly does have some stunning lapsed oak pollards, some of which are in desperate need of reduction as they suffered partial collapse due to snow buildup a few winters ago. I can send you images of these trees if you’re interested.

      • Aljos Farjon says:
        Posted January 05, 2016 at 6:04 pm

        Thanks Brian, good to hear from you again! Yes please send some pics so I can see myself. On my visits I did not find them but the site is quite big.

        • Brian Muelaner says:
          Posted January 06, 2016 at 3:04 pm

          HI Aljos, do you still have the same Kew email address? Once I know I’ll put some images up on Dropbox and send you an invitation to edit

  • Aljos Farjon says:
    Posted January 07, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    yes the same email, see above

  • Blaze Cyan says:
    Posted April 09, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Hi, I am going to be visiting Horner woods at the end of April specifically to visit the ancient pollards and any other veteran trees as part of a project with the Arborealists (Group of artists specializing in trees). If anyone os able to give me any more info about these ancient trees and the best areas to find them I would be very grateful! Many thanks Blaze

    • Brian says:
      Posted April 11, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hi Blaze I used to be the National Trust’s Ancient Tree Adviser and I have the records for the ancient and veteran trees at Horner Wood, with their coordinates. If you email me at brian@muelaner.com I will send you a copy of the records. Normally I would just advise you to go to the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Hunt website, which has all of the records, but unfortunately it is down at the moment while it is being updated.


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