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Thousand-year-old oak tree on Offa´s Dyke
marking border between England
and Wales finally falls

Daily Mail [UK], by Alexander Robertson

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/19/2018 7:48:50 AM

An ancient oak tree marking the border between England and Wales has fallen down at the grand age of 1,000. The Buttington Oak was planted as a boundary marker and had stood proudly for centuries. It was planted along Offa´s Dyke - a line of earth that fo llows the border between England and Wales - named after Anglo Saxon king Offa. But images show the historic oak, with a girth of 36 feet, now lying on its side in a field near Welshpool in Powys. Eagle-eyed Rob McBride, who has the nickname ´Tree Hunter,´ spotted the grounded oak. Rob,

The mighty tree at Offa´s Dyke was well-known as a landmark in that part of Britain and to all as a historical marker. (Yes, we had to "learn history from The Year Dot," back when I grew up there, not just from the arrival of the Pilgrims).

How sad to see the dead tree--and, probably at some point, by a cold stone marker in its honored place.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: qwerty, 2/19/2018 7:59:43 AM     (No. 11548472)

Hopefully not a stone marker, but rather a section of save-able wood from the tree and well tended for preservation to mark the place.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1, 2/19/2018 8:06:54 AM     (No. 11548476)

And plant another Oak, why don´t they?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: joew9, 2/19/2018 8:53:53 AM     (No. 11548516)

This must be some kind of unusual oak tree. Most oaks only live 100 years. In my area we have many oaks that people are always saying are 200 and 300 years old. Then when they are cut down you can only count 90 or so rings. We had one the city was protecting because it was "growing before the civil war." Lightning took it out and there were only about 90 rings.
I´ll have to research this species of Wales oak. But I´m starting out a skeptic.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mythman, 2/19/2018 9:23:18 AM     (No. 11548554)

If no one heard it fall, did it make a sound?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 2/19/2018 9:36:04 AM     (No. 11548581)

with a nod toward Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman and the unbelievably talented Tim Conway, the tree was "hollow".

and we have no buffalo ice cream...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/19/2018 10:56:25 AM     (No. 11548696)

Grand old tree on a hill, at last, she fell- Oh, if trees could talk, what tales she´d tell.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: velirotta, 2/19/2018 12:06:58 PM     (No. 11548815)

#2, if the oak takes so long to grow, they should re-plant as soon as possible.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: velirotta, 2/19/2018 12:08:24 PM     (No. 11548817)

Here´s a link to the story: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-43084088

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/19/2018 12:45:21 PM     (No. 11548859)

I guess it´s too late for "stem" cell therapy?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: thomthomp, 2/19/2018 12:53:34 PM     (No. 11548869)

Waiting for the claim that global warming did it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/19/2018 6:09:45 PM     (No. 11549078)

Any salvageable wood is going to go for a fortune. Talk about old timber growth.

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