Ancient oak blown down in gale

The footpaths through Sawpole and Stambles Plantations (between Beachamwell and Shingham) pass beneath several magnificent oaks which have been growing in this spot for several hundred years. They were measured during the Connecting Threads Footpaths project in 2014 and estimates made of their ages. It is sad to report that during the gales earlier today the tree which is probably the oldest – thought to be 500 years old – was toppled by the fierce winds.

The fallen oak

The fallen oak

A substantial part of the tree had already fallen last year and now the rest is down leaving just the remains of its massive trunk standing.

The massive trunk remains standing

The large trunk remains standing

This tree stood just on the edge of Footpath 15 leading from the woods towards Shingham Methodist Chapel. Thanks to the quick work of the landowner to clear the route the footpath continues to be passable for walkers, although the access point here is narrow.

Access on Footpath 15 quickly cleared by the landowner

Access on Footpath 15 quickly cleared by the landowner

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