No, I am happy to say that it is not this one that we met few days ago. It is still lording it over the boating pond.
Our fallen tree is in the woods on other side of the heath but, from the size of its branches now spreadeagled over the hillside, it appears to have been no less majestic.
I think it must have succumbed to the storm winds earlier in the week but, from the look of its trunk, it may have been a disaster waiting to happen.
This is the base of trunk close up and you can see that there is a massive hole filled by rotten wood and fungus.
The wood of the fallen branches where they have sheared is discoloured and is run through with filaments of who knows what.
Other broken branches also look more brittle than I feel they should….
And where the bark has flaked off the wood beneath looks almost inflamed.
And what of this massive orifice? What could not have got in there to poison it from within?
None the less, it is very magnificent in its ruin…..
What a shame that we can no longer have open wood fires in London. What castles in the flames could you have built from burning some of those logs.
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