Thanks for the tour of the moor, Richard! The mountain ash looks “coppice-y”–does it have other uses besides being an ash impostor? Our oaks here in southeastern Massachusetts also keep their leaves until well after frost.I can clean the gutters and hang Christmas lights at the same time!
the mountain ash certainly has the habit of the eminently coppicable hazel, growing multiple stems, in some situations, like Strid Wood. But singletons in the open seem to grow from a single stem like this one. As an English hardwood, I’d bet it does coppice, but I have no experience of same. I’m not sure what the timber can be used for either. Not particularly good firewood. I’ve not cut much, perhaps I should try turning some. It is certainly very plentiful around these parts. It is a member of the sorbus family
PS The picture is of an oak. The stem is hidden by the foreground. I would expect this to be growing from a single stem. I did take its photo because of the rather unusual habit for a young oak.