My girlfriend looked on Google Street View and couldn't see the oldest tree - we had this awful feeling that it had been chopped down for firewood or to move the roundabout 2cm to the left or something so we decided to go and have a look.
Anyway, luckily had the bearings slightly wrong and it is still there... in fact it's basically in someone's garden but seems she didn't mind us looking at it and taking a few pics etc. It does have a plaque of sorts now (albeit worn to fuck) and it's kind of divided down the middle of the trunk to effectively become two trees. Anyway, here is an up to date pic with some suspicious looking guy lurking in the background.



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Tolkien was right: giant trees have towering role in protecting forests

Scientists have shown to be true what JRR Tolkien only imagined in the Lord of the Rings: giant, slow-reproducing trees play an outsized role in the growth and health of old forests.

In the 1930s, the writer gave his towering trees the name Ents. Today, a paper in the journal Science says these “long-lived pioneers” contribute more than previously believed to carbon sequestration and biomass increase.

The authors said their study highlights the importance of forest protection and biodiversity as a strategy to ease global heating. They say it should also encourage global climate modellers to shift away from representing all the trees in a forest as essentially the same.


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This grape juice blog I've been reading has a bit about trees, their roots, rhizomes, verticality versus horizontality

This blog has concerned itself too much with trees, with verticality. One Tree and then Two Trees and the life and knowledge that comes from trees. There is a very different, horizontal logic in the rhizome. No King sits on the Throne. Of course, the process is the same but the metaphors are very different. And metaphors are all we have to go on.

Trees grow from this root system, but without the periodic flowering of trees the roots would also die. Yet all trees extend down to the roots. Only certain trees, certain blossoms, open up to the light. In the rhizome these all "exist" in potential at once. All plots, all colours, all scents, all metaphors, all archetypes. Everything in circulation -- melding, flowing apart, in simultaneity. This is the absolutely synchronous. Space and time at a single point which is not a point. Points are fixed and this never is.


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Quite interesting that, how trees contain these two impulses within them, the straight up vertical sense, the spread out root sense.

There's a tree in the park opposite my house which has branches leaning over to one side, really fR, too far, so far it doesn't look right. The branches are actually longer, going across, than the height of the tree. So itooks weird and overbalanced. And this is accentuated in the spring when it blossoms.

Ive tried drawing it, but it never looks right, cos on paper, there's no logic to it


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Within the pulsation of an artery all civilizations grow and decay. So realized Blake. So realized Milton. So realized Dante and Virgil and Homer. Rome falls nine times an hour. Here is a vast tree that, in times of great thirst, shrinks down to its roots for further nourishment and inspiration. But all magic happens on this level. Hierarchies are always just projected illusions. Odysseus has not yet been cast off the Mountain.

Inspiration and conspiration thus occur at the same location. Swept up in the flows of blood and sap. Anything above the ground is an apparition. Vast pageants, a whole year of ritual, signs and wonders, wars and rumours of wars, digital banality, fish, the end of the world -- mere seasonal foliage. And yet it is all required. Photosynthesis. Structures built of words, of spirit calcified into letters, melt when the foundations are shown to be just as transitory, just as shaky, as everything else.
Definitely something in this, you look for the high points, the incidents, as markers of what's going on, but there's a whole other picture