Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Disease leaves its mark inside the tree

September 10, 2007

This is the tree-mendous phenomenon uncovered when a 200-year-old horse chestnut tree.
Tree surgeons were stunned when they found the image of a tiny tree imprinted in the branch.
Experts say the bizarre shape has occurred because the heart wood is riddled with rot, which is why it has been cut down.
The mark of a diseased tree took the tree surgeons by surprise
Just like a stick of rock, the image of the brown tree can be found imprinted throughout the branch and trunk of the chestnut.
Pauline Buchanan-Brown, director general of the Tree Council, said: "This is extremely quirky and amusing. What a coincidence.
The conker tree, on council-owned ground in Holdenhurst, near Bournemouth, Dorset, was removed because of the health and safety risk it posed.
Pauline Buchanan-Brown says the image of the tree is a sign of the disease

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