Oaks at Dalkeith Country Park
I'm always hunting for new locations with special old trees.
They don't have to be recognised as ancient to be interesting to me, but areas which are known to have ancient or semi-ancient woodland or boundariy trees are often where I find the most variety and history.
Organisations such as the Ancient Tree Forum and the Woodland Trust are doing a fantastic job recording British woodland and campaigning to ensure it's protection. The National Library of Scotland has all its old maps available online so it's possible to see how long particular locations have been wooded for.
Find my locations on a map here.
In three days time I'll be back in this field, layered up with fleecy clothes, sketchbook in hand and feeling at one with the world.
The Novar estate near Evanton has been a family holiday destination for a few years now and it happens to have some fantastic old trees. This is a really special row of veteran beeches on a bank in the deer park, which I drawn many times. I've no idea how old they are but they have a magnetic quality that keeps me going back, however cold it is.
I only get one visit a year, so I'm busy packing my drawing and camera kit so I can make the most of the precious time. Early spring is my favourite time for field drawing as the trees are stll leafless but there's a feeling of potential and newness in the air.Tags: