Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Stonard Wood

High on the edge of Stoney Cross Plain, Stonard Wood enjoys views across swathes of open heathland, plantation and ancient deciduous woodland, bonded to the land through hundreds of years of tenure. A twisted mature Oak, overlooking Withybed Bottom and Lucas Castle, bears testament to both the powerful elemental forces of nature and the endurance and strength of the mighty Oak. The twisted wooden Leviathan appears to have been contorted by unseen forces, all its outstretched boughs wrenched through over 90 degrees and down before resting, bracing itself on the ground. The age and nature of this tree suggests these events happened many year ago. Bowed, but not beaten, the Oak persists and thrives.

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