Trees to look out for?

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Trees to look out for?

Postby Kentish Man » 25 May 2007, 1:15pm

There is a photo in today's Times (Friday 25th May 2007) of a stem and pair of handlebars from a very old bike, protruding from a tree trunk: the tree has grown around the abandoned item over time and absorbed it. Does anyone know where the tree may be found?

Near Faversham stands Arnold's Oak, a venerable tree that contains a mantrap, now locked into the tree about eight or nine feet above the ground. Are there other arboreal curiosities anyone knows about?

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Postby hubgearfreak » 25 May 2007, 2:38pm

can you please scan the pic in? :D

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Postby thirdcrank » 25 May 2007, 4:40pm

KentishMan

According to my copy of The Times it is The Bicycle Tree of Brig o' Turk. B o' T is in the Trossachs (with apologies to Ken Dodd) about 6 miles west of Callander OS: NN 535 065

hubbers

You could get a similar effect by gettig a set of bars and a stem off a roadster and bashing them into the tree where they would normally go into the headset.

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Postby reohn2 » 25 May 2007, 9:37pm

Does anyone know if theres a rider still on the bike,someone could do with checking it out,some poor soul could have been on a tour of the Trossachs (its a gift of a place name)fell asleep behind a hedge with the bike,then awoke to find not only was he(or she for that matter) in the undergrowth but part of it so to speak :shock: .Trees can be absolute beasts when no ones looking.
Reported in the Wigan Observer 6 july 1956, page12.A privet in Aspull(suburb of Wigan)was noted for entwining women and school children whilst waiting for the No7 bus to Dangerous corner.The offending shrub had to be dug up and moved to the middle of local field where it could be kept an eye on.
However as time passed it got forgotten about until in the Spring of 1966 it struck again entwining a rather large black Labrador dog that chose to relieve itself against the now rather big tree(no one had the courage to trim it as a privet bush should be for fear of attack)the dog was heard to bark(sic) then yelp before dissapearing into the branches.A spokesman for Wigan parks department said the local authorities were baffled by the incident and would have to wait until Autumn when the leaves fell so a more in depth investigation of the tree could be carried out.He later retracted the statement when he was informed that privet trees were evergreens.
So there we have it,proof of the scurilous behaviour of trees if left to their own devices.

PS, As a foot note to the above story, the offending privet has since been surrounded by a wrought iron fence with a warning notice. Up until the present day there have been no further unpleasent "entwinements"but the children present their pets to the tree (at a safe distance) as part of their pet training so their animals won't foul the footpaths.
It is rumoured that Aspull has the cleanest streets in the Wigan borough free from all animal excretions.

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Postby blacktriangle » 26 May 2007, 1:44pm


reohn2

Postby reohn2 » 26 May 2007, 4:21pm

thirdcrank wrote:KentishMan

According to my copy of The Times it is The Bicycle Tree of Brig o' Turk. B o' T is in the Trossachs (with apologies to Ken Dodd) about 6 miles west of Callander OS: NN 535 065

hubbers

You could get a similar effect by gettig a set of bars and a stem off a roadster and bashing them into the tree where they would normally go into the headset.

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Thats not a primus stove clip on the right side hanblebars is it :shock:

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Postby Kentish Man » 27 May 2007, 12:00am

R2, many thanks for your timely warning. Obviously not enough people are aware of the perils that lurk in the countryside, or the dangers of tree hugging.

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Postby Kentish Man » 27 May 2007, 12:03am

TC, many thanks for the piccy and the map ref etc.

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