Stephen and I have been discussing this tree for some time (yeah, we’re tragic that way…) From the bark and shape, I’m guessing a plane, but whatever it is the poor old thing isn’t well, and clearly hasn’t been for some time.
I confess to a soft spot for this odd-shaped poorly-chap. Perhaps they’d hoped it would spring back into life after a bit of extreme pollarding, but when it didn’t, I assumed that it hadn’t been felled because it was a good perch for wildlife.
But Stephen, going for a little stroll to find out what the bits of the park that have been reopened (I know – not as many as they should be) are looking like (not bad, apparently – the flower gardens are fine, save for a couple of grass patches that need reseeding from where the jumps were, though the tennis courts are not currently tennis courts; it would seem the high wire fences were replaced with lower ones for some kind of exercise area) noticed that the poor old thing has had its ‘V’cut off.
I can only assume they’re felling by degrees – that Royal Parks can’t be seen to cut anything down during the Olympics so they’re doing it a bit at a time.
The mad thing is that this is up at the dingly-dell bit at the top – near, but not affecting the cross-country. If this tree needed felling it wasn’t anything to do with the games (unless the ‘V’ bit was considered to be offensive to the French or something…) It’s just a poor, sick old tree.
Perhaps they’ll save it for wildlife – or put it out of its misery. But I’m willing to bet that it’s not a victim of the Olympics. Maybe they could cut slices off it like salami and sell them for funky table tops.
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