"Naturalness is whatever occurs between human interventions." Richard Mabey (The Ash and the Beech)
|These self set oaks range between 1 year and 40-50 years|
|In Contrast the 'Millennium Oak' Plantation at Highbury (circa 2000)|
The debate here concerns the planting and /or natural development of new woodland. I believe it was Richard Mabey (source to be verified) who said that most planted trees are 'planted in the wrong place', and I take this to mean that a planted tree is unlikely to do as well over a long term as a naturally occurring tree, grown as it stands from seed. Who knows? difficult to say for certain how long a tree can be expected to live. There is a life expectancy for all living things and this depends on many variable factors.