From Lee Hulin (Lead Ranger) Local National Trust
Direct Line 07967 657007
Ref: Rockford Common Turkey Oak
10 July 2014
You may be aware some trees have been marked with orange dots over the last few weeks, particularly in the Highwood area. This is part of an inventory of tree species upon the Common; in particular we are focusing upon identifying the whereabouts and numbers of Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris).
Turkey Oak is introduced to the UK and is recognised as being an aggressive coloniser of acid and sandy soils; it also hosts the Knopper Gall Wasp (Andricus quercuscalicis) which unfortunately is parasitic to our native English Oak (Quercus robur) rendering their Acorns largely sterile.
Further information can be found on the internet on the following links:
Plantlife – Turkey Oak http://tinyurl.com/o78juxq
Non Native Species Secretariat – Turkey Oak http://tinyurl.com/kxo83j8
The National Trust and partner landowners intend to identify and selectively remove these
trees which are a threat to our Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) heath land on Rockford Common. This work will meet our objectives as laid out within our Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement for the New Forest. This agreement supports our work such as Gorse and Bracken management which I know you’ll be familiar with.
Please do give me a call for more information, I’m more than happy to meet with you and to discuss any of our work.
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