In many parts of Britain, the deep history of its people can be read through the old trees in the landscape.
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The Forest of Selwood greensand ridge aquifers are home to numerous springs feeding the headwaters of five important rivers; the Brue, Cale, Frome, Stour and Wylye.
Members enjoyed a walk through species rich hay meadows on 2nd August at Cooks Farm and Holland Farm, contiguous holdings in Brewham, near Bruton.
Despite their long lives, old trees are at risk from modern living and can be easily damaged by man.
With the rivers Frome, Brue and Stour rising within the area and the heavy clay soils of the valleys, it is unsurprising that the most common grassland historically would have been lowland meadows.