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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: The Grantham Oak Reply with quote

Ok its not an Irish tree but this is an interesting article we could easily do something like this for an Irish tree but then there would be health and safety issues so it would have to go.
https://granthamecology.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/the-grantham-oak/
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks a tiddler compared to ones in Mountshannon, Co. Clare, a Quaker village on the shores of Lough Derg.

The Mountshannon ones make your jaw drop and you'll fall over backwards if you try to see to the top when you're standing beneath them.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an amazing twist the trunk has - almost a corkscrew.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a programme on over the christmas period, on C4 , about the top ten trees in Britain. It was actually very interesting. Ardal O'Hanlon presented it. I think there was 3 on this fair isle I think. An oak won it. The original Bramley apple tree was in it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I saw (most of) that.It was good.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much of it is folklore I don't know but there's a yew in the churchyard of Fortingall on Tayside that's reputed to be 3000 years old, i.e. when Nebuchadnezzah was king of the Jews. It's all propped up with supports, or was when I last saw it in the early 80s.
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