Anchorage: trees rooted in rock

Towards the end of our stay in Glastonbury, Karin and I took an omega-shaped circular walk that looped over the famous Tor, through the town, and back to our cottage. At one point the road we walked passed through a cutting in the Jurassic sandstone called Wick Hollow. Several very large oak and beech trees had anchored themselves into this stone, their roots finding cracks in the rock and no doubt widening them over time as they grew. The trees were spectacular and I took a few shots with my phone, though these really don’t do them justice.

The shade and structure created by the trees allowed a diversity of ferns, mosses, lichens and seed plants to grow. I’m always amazed by the power and adaptability of plants, even large trees, to find a foothold in the unlikeliest of places and by doing so, create microclimates that allow other species to flourish. Life supports life.

2 thoughts on “Anchorage: trees rooted in rock

  1. Robin Heinen

    These root systems look wonderful. I wonder, could it be (partially) the result of recent erosion? It’s amazing that a few cracks provide enough anchorage to keep the trees upright.

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    1. jeffollerton Post author

      Possibly, though these are old trees. The oaks at least must be in excess of 100 years old. Not sure when the cutting was made, or if it has been created from a natural small valley in the rock.

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