Fenceposts, dead wood, and a load of old rot
Living trees are wonderful, beautiful and majestic things. They not only survive all types of weather conditions and whatever else nature may throw at them, they thrive, growing ever bigger and stronger. The oldest tree in the world, a bristlecone pine in the Great Basin in eastern California, is estimated to be over 4,850 years old. In comparison the oldest tree in the UK is thought to be the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, which is estimated to be somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 years of age.
But here’s the thing.