Storm Doris has claimed the last pine along The Clink. For many years the pine trees planted on the steep sandy bank of our garden alongside The Clink have been gradually reducing. When we arrived here in 2013 we saw old photos showing at least six tall trees, but we only had one left - a lovely tall pine with a forked trunk which was a favourite landmark for the village, being easily seen from many houses. We thought this tree had a good few years left, although we were aware it had some weakness at the fork. However, the recent strength of storm Doris caused a severe break and the remaining trunk is badly damaged beyond saving.
Make the most of this tree over the next few days or weeks, as it will be felled as soon as possible for safety reasons. We are saddened but this is necessary. However we have planted up more pine and other native trees which will hopefully in time provide wildlife habitat and colourful views for the village. Rest in peace lovely pine tree - we will miss you. (Geoff and Davina Wilson).
If anyone has any information about when the tree was planted we would be pleased to know - there are at least 25 growth rings on the forked trunk so we guess that lower down there may be between 40-50. Photos show the damaged tree and the remaining diseased trunk before it is felled. The photo of the tree standing shows the one remaining half of the forked trunk left after the storm hit. An extra photo to go with the others - note the damaged trunk showing about eight feet up from the ground as new torn timber.