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Tree grown through fence...

Observed: 8th March 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in PlantsSimon Walker’s reputation in PlantsSimon Walker’s reputation in PlantsSimon Walker’s reputation in Plants
Part of tree in fence, Rye Meads, 2012-03-08 001a
Part of tree in fence, Rye Meads, 2012-03-08 002a

This is more a quirk than anything. A tree had grown through a wire mesh fence and the barbed wire at the top thereof, enclosing the wire completely. The staff at Rye Meads had clearly decided that the tree had to go, but couldn't remove it from the wire; so there it hangs, cut off top and bottom. Eventually it will presumably rot away, but whether the wire will rust away first is an interesting question!

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David Jardine's picture


Smooth bark and dense whitewood suggests it might have been a sycamore - if there are any photos of the cut surfaces which show whether it is ring porous or diffuse porous might help. Any other detail of the wood structure would also help eg presence of rays. Most woods can be identified from their structural properties.

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No chance!

Sorry, David; what you see is what can be got at, I'm afraid, at least not without climbing over the barbed wire, and I'm not quite that curious. It doesn't really matter - the interesting bit is the way it's enclosed the wire, and the way they cut it off leaving some of it hanging there. I thought it was quite funny.

David Jardine's picture

Understood - worth asking

Understood - worth asking anyway. The photo in the chainlink fence almost looks as if it might have squirrel damage further pointing to Sycamore....

all the best


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Hi David.
It's strange, but for some reason there aren't many squirrels at Rye Meads. I can't remember when I last saw one there. Why, I don't know, unless they don't like the whiff of the nearby sewerage works. I know I don't!