There is no rhyme or reason to plant it and so if you spot it, you can be sure its been hanging around for a few hundred years.
The ancient wood I was in just a moment ago dates back to pre 1200 AD as far as records show, and probably longer. It is only metres from a proposed house building project.
Getting to know what is where is essential for me as an MP of a constituency under constant threat from the house builders' bulldozer.
Preserving a piece of woodland which would be ripped up and decimated to be replaced by houses is top of my list of objectives.
Thanks to Jonathan and Liz for your time and for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm.
The Woodland Trust can only save ancient woods and trees by increasing its membership. So, if you feel inclined to do so and help out please go to http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk/index.htm