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Box cut into trunk of an oak

Box cut into trunk of an oak

A solitary dead oak with a box cut into its trunk measuring about 70cm high by 60cm wide with a depth of 25cm. We suspect that this was cut into the trunk prior to setting a fire to destroy the tree as it was considered to have no value as timber. We can only speculate on how and why it survived. Attitudes to the old stag-head oaks changed during the 20th century. In 1942 the 5th Earl Manvers wrote to the Timber Supply Department ‘as regards saw-timber, I have a large number of ‘stag-headed’ oak-trees aged I believe about 800 years, which could be promptly made available if and when required’. At the same time he was less happy about timber from his younger plantations being required for the war effort.

Box cut into trunk of an oak

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