The Wolf Tree
When we visited Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest, we found a strange shaped oak tree. The sign nearby read "This magnificent 150 year old oak tree is a direct descendant of the ancient oaks of famous Sherwood Forest. It’s strange spreading growth is due to it being smothered under the canopy of the pine trees that were planted here some 60 years ago, at that time the oak was the biggest tree, being around 90 years old at the time but the pines soon overtook it and closed their branches over the top. In order to gain access to sunlight the oak spread its boughs wide and twisted them between the pines, giving it this strange form known as a “wolf” tree. After the arrival of Center Parcs we soon removed the pines, giving the tree unimpeded access to daylight. This is still a juvenile tree and oaks can live well beyond 500 years. The oak tree has the richest wildlife fauna of any tree in Britain. Over 280 different insects and 300 species of lichen alone rely on oak, and a wealth of birds and animals visit the oak to feed upon them in turn."
Credits: All by Katie Pertiet:
Classic Cardstock Finest
Leaf Charms No. 01
New Growth Brushes and Stamps No. 06
Fonts: Journalling Hand, Matisse ITC, Cheri Liney, Cheri.
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