I need your help. I have been trying to ID a tree for ages. It is at one corner of an old wood.
It is huge. 8 feet in diameter and about 24 feet in circumference at shoulder height.
Deeply ridged bark
I have sent three pics
One is the branches to show the bark (please ignore leaves in background)
One is leaves on tree
One is some fallen leaves (landed near my wine!)
I am considering a TPO for the tree
It is a poplar.
Assuming you are in the UK, it may be Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood) or P. nigra (black poplar), or (least likely) P. deltoides (eastern cottonwood).
It is difficult to be sure because there are hybrids and cultivars, with intermediate characters (and some of the characters, such as leaf shape, vary within species).
Have a look at these references and you may be able to decide (let us know).
You may need to consider characters which cannot be seen at the moment, eg. catkins.
I am fairly sure it is Popular nigra var. betulifolia (the variety found in N and W Europe).
That can certainly form massive trees with very roughly-ridged bark, like this one.
My ID as P. nigra is suggested by several factors such as how it forms a broad crown, and that the branches spread outwards towards the tip rather than upwards to form a cup shape.
My lack of 100% certainty comes from the fact that there are hybrids with this species, mostly under the name Populus x euramericana.