Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk: Tree-Ring Analysis of Living Oak Trees

Author(s): Dr Martin Bridge

Three living oak trees were cored in an attempt to estimate their ages. Although superficially similar in size, the three trees varied in estimated age from approximately 174 to 321 years old, showing the influence of competition between trees affecting overall growth rates. None of the cores reached the pith and the age estimates based on extrapolation from the width of the inner rings are thought likely to over-estimate the true age of the trees. One tree may be sufficiently old that it could be considered to have been planted in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century as suggested in documentary evidence, and the other two are likely to have started growth in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries.

Report Number:
39/2008
Series:
Research Department Reports
Pages:
13
Keywords:
Dendrochronology

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