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18th May 2016

Root radar scanning at Burghley Estate

by Hannah Solloway

Sharon Hosegood carries out root radar scanning at Burghley Park

At the ATF’s Spring field visit to Burghley Park in Lincolnshire, one of the highlights was a demonstration of root radar scanning of a veteran oak tree growing in the estate’s parkland. A report is now available detailing the results of the survey.

Arboricultural companies Lloyd Bore Ltd (Ian Lee) and Sharon Hosegood Associates carried out the survey using specialist ground-penetrating radar which picks up the location of tree roots without needing to disturb the soil. It was the second time Sharon had scanned this particular tree, as she had been filmed there by the BBC for a documentary called ‘Britain Beneath Your Feet’.

The results of the radar scanning carried out at the ATF’s event showed that the tree is rooting well beyond the crown, with the rooting area extending as far as 24 metres from the tree. Most roots were found to be in the top 80cm, with a second band between 170 – 180m.

See the full report from Sharon Hosegood Associates .

See the Sharon Hosegood Associates video about the root scanning at Burghley House



Posted by: Hannah Solloway Hannah is the Development Officer for the Ancient Tree Forum.

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