Hethel Old Thorn Nature Reserve

Hethel Old Thorn Nature Reserve

C016/8757 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 51.7MB

Downloadable file size: 6.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hethel Old Thorn, photographed in May 2013. This ancient hawthorn ( Crataegus monogyna ) is the sole inhabitant of one of the smallest nature reserves in the UK, situated just to the north of Hethel church in Norfolk. It is of many ancient trees in the UK with a claim to a pre-Christian origin, although evidence for this is unconvincing. What is certain is that it is one of the oldest hawthorns in Britain, and that it is now not so large as formerly. In 1841 James Grigor measured the girth of the trunk as 12 feet ( 3.7 metres). Since then, the trunk has split into two, of girths 1.1m and 1.5m. The tree was originally fenced in 1856, suggesting that it was already a specimen of wide interest and value. Today the tree is in the care of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: ancient tree, biological, biology, botanical, botany, crataegus monogyna, hawthorn, hethel old thorn, james grigor, nature reserve, norfolk wildlife trust, oldest tree, smallest nature reserve

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.