At Baumdienst Siebengebirge we love veteran trees, a passion that has led us to become the regions leading specialist for veteran tree care. When I was recently near Stanhope in the United Kingdom with my family, a visit to the Stanhope churchyard could not be resisted. For there stands the fossilised remains of a veteran tree which has survived some 320 million years.
Once an ordinary Sigillarira tree growing together with millions of others in a rain forest somewhere in the Carboniferous Period, an era which span from roughly -350 to -295 million years ago. Its unfortunate demise probably occurred after being flooded by an ancient river. After long term build up of sediment buried the tree stump it filled with sand after the woody tissue had rotted away. The slow fossilisation process then began, leaving the world with one of the oldest veteran trees.
Discovered in 1915 in a quarry near Stanhope, the tree was brought to the Stanhope Churchyard in 1962 to be placed on display.
Fantastic history there about such a wonderful tree in Stanhope. We have a 5000 year old bog oak root not quite as old but still one we admire here in the U.K. .