A signpost tree, its magnificent branches seem to point down the various paths, as if helping you on your way. It stands in a splendid position, right at the crown of the hill, a perfect spot for travellers to rest and enjoy some shade.
I think it’s an ash because it has a smooth bark and black buds, and I’m thinking that the red dot means that it will be removed: a casualty of ash dieback fungal disease, which, as you can see from this page, has become prevalent in the area.
Ash is the tree of the magicians. Ash is the trident of the sea-gods Manawyddan/Mananaan (Welsh/Irish) and Poseidon. Ash gives power in this world which is why Iron Age warriors preferred ash spears to the Neolithic yew spears. The presence of Ash stimulates the imagination, gives daring ideas and invokes a thirst for action.
The Ash serves in the interplay of Sun and water, but the tree’s secret is not the heart of the fire, or the depth of the water, but the connection between them. The Spirit of Ash connects, links and bridges – the inner and the outer world, above and below, far and near, male and female. (The Spirit of Trees – Hageneder)