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Valleyfield veteran oak felled


A once fine oak of probably more than 300 years standing at the southern edge of Valleyfield Wood has recently been felled for safety reasons. This magnificent tree had repeatedly been damaged over recent years by vandals lighting fires at its base.

A recent inspection of the tree as part of Woods In and Around Town (WIAT) funded management of the woodland identified that the tree was no longer structurally sound. This is very clear from the attached photograph of the felled tree.

It is a wonder in fact that sufficient sap was still able to travel up the trunk in order to sustain the tree.

Despite its sad loss it will continue to benefit the wood as the trunk slowly decays, thereby enabling fungi and various insects to flourish. It is said that that for a woodland to maintain a balanced ecology at least 30% of its timber should be decomposing on the ground.


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