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SITE 200 PARKINSONS

OS REF:SK57591131

Date: 24th Match 2004

This was a visit to record the Rothley Ancient Ecclesiastical Boundary (RAPS) with details attached. The hedgerow survey was good as there are species such as Crab Apple which is now rare in Rothley due to the loss of hedgerows. I think that it also shows how a family owned farm can benefit wildlife.

Site 200 The Rothley Ancient Parish Boundary of Site 200 the other side of the hedge. Taken from the Thurcaston Parish side of the hedgerow. March 2004

Site 200 Shown from the Bridle Road from Rothley to Thurcaston. August 2007

Site 200 Taken from the Bridle Road from Rothey to Thurcaston. August 2007

Site 200 Ancient Ash Tree 241 with a girth of 2.9m at SK57531127 on the Ancient Parish Boundary taken from Thurcaston Parish. Site 200 Parkinsons beyond the hedgerow. March 2004

Site 200 Ancient Tree 241 in June 2006.

ROTHLEY ANCIENT PARISH SURVEY (RAPS)

RAPS STINT 15

Date: 24th March 2004

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Field adjacent to Bridle Road

OS Ref: SK57491130-57571122

Map Title: Site 200, Parkinson's

The whole of this Stint will reflect a typical age for an undisturbed Ancient Boundary.

The first 30 metres shows the remains of a bank on the Rothley side and an old ditch with a continuous line of thick hedge with Elm, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Elder and Dog Rose. There are lots of rabbit holes and wild flowers such as Red Campion and Wild Arum are emerging which, together with nettles and common cleavers will give a good cover to wildlife. The trunks of the hawthorn are very thick and twisted. This hedge is kept to the same height of 8ft with a width of 4ft.

The second length is as above with a good piece of Crab Apple just starting into leaf and now we see the start of coppiced Hazel. The hedge also thickens out with species on both sides of the ditch. Again, there are hawthorns with very good-sized trunks.

The third length is as previous lengths but at the end there is a long gap where it really does appear that a piece of the hedgerow has been removed, possibly for drainage work but it has been replanted with young hawthorn protected by rabbit guards.

The final 30 metres begins with the end of the gap but then there is a large Ash, Tree 241, in the Natural History Survey, but this tree has suffered damage with the loss of major branches which give good holes for wildlife.

This Stint is aged at 475 years.

STINT 16

Date: 24th March 2004

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Field adjacent to Bridle Road

OS Ref: SK57571122-57651115

Map Title: Site 200 Parkinson's, end part in Site 201 Hill Close (and Bill's Wood.)

The first 30 metres has another good piece of Crab Apple. There is a lot of Ash but not growing as upright trees but along the ground as multi-trunked giving very interesting shapes. There is a continuation of Dog Rose, Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Elder. The ditch is still there but more 'broken down'.

The second part is as the first with Crab Apple showing well although not growing as a tree due to being kept at the same height as the hedgerow. The trunk of this Crab Apple is very thick and solid.

In the next part we see Hazel. The ditch here is in good condition.

In the final 30 metres we change from Site 200 into Site 201, being divided by a hedgerow. At the junction of the hedgerow is a very large Rabbit Warren.

There are two Ash Trees here but not classed as ancient.

This ages out to 475 years as the previous stint, the trunks of the hawthorn look thick, twisted, knarled and ancient and it was lovely to see the crab apple.

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