An exclusive Howlround track closes the latest compilation from that ever-redoubtable stable, A Year In the Country. The Watchers is the latest in the label’s long-running series of themed compilations and also features contributions from The Heartwood Institute, Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer and many more. Pre-order your copy here.
Amongst Britain’s trees there are thought to be over 3,000 ancient oaks – those which date back 400 years or more – and of those trees more than 115 are 800 to 1,000 years old or more. They are part of a tree population that also includes ash trees that have lived for hundreds of years and a yew that is estimated to be between 2000-3000 years old or possibly many thousands of years older and that some consider to be the oldest living thing in Europe.These are living organisms which could be seen to be undertaking a very stately, still form of time travel, to be watchers and observers over the passing of the years, centuries and even millennia.