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Acorns and conkers from an ancient wood

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I don’t know about you but there are few things in life that feel me with awe more than an ancient tree. We ourselves are generally living longer but even now notching up a century for us humans usually deserves a round of applause and a letter from the Queen. So to see a mighty Oak that was already a mature tree when the first Queen Elizabeth was on the throne demands at the very least a great deal of respect. And in Hatfield Forest we should, if you’ll excuse the pun (well almost), have a field day as there are hundreds of these majestic giants with their bizarre twisted boughs, huge crowns of branches and knarled and potted barks.

Hopefully one of our walkers will be an expert but regardless of whether we can identify the trees in this unique habitat or not,I am sure the walk will be particularly rewarding as the trees turn from green to their autumn colours. And such weird shapes to enjoy and photograph as well as the prolific bird life and if we’re lucky the sight of the forest herds of deer.
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