Village Walks – Solitree

I have mentioned before that where I live is very flat and the farming is intensive arable.  Hedges and fences have gone to make bigger more economically productive fields that grow wheat and barley and rape.

A few trees have managed to survive the removal of the hedgerows and the expansion of the fields.

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This is a tree that really intrigues me.  It is a solitree in a big field and for some reason it has been left there and not only that it has a metal tree guard around it to protect it…

Single Tree

This is the field where it stands,

I have no explanation…

The Field

27 responses to “Village Walks – Solitree

  1. I imagine the tree is outstanding in its field, and hence why it remains.

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  2. The ‘solitree’ – what a lovely word – is fairly common round here in North Yorkshire too. Part of an ancient field boundary? Dunno, but I’m glad these trees are left in place.

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  3. That is odd, isn’t it?

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  4. Most probably a witch’s tree I should think, or even a tree for the fairies to dance round. What sort of tree is it? Hawthorn is often a sacred plant in English country villages.

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  5. Perhaps it’s one of the few remaining Elm trees. Do you remember when a few years ago we lost many to Dutch Elm disease?

    Just a thought, but I don’t remember anyone blaming it on the Netherlands then again Trump doesn’t live here! BUT by coincidence, the disease was thought to evolved in Asia! 😂

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    • A few years ago I walked a stretch of the Canal du Midi with its famous Plane Trees. They were diseased and dying from a fungus. I read that USA was blamed for that because during WW2 GI ammunition boxes were all infected and it was transported to France. A strange World sometimes!

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  6. A good time to photograph trees. I like the one with the wind turbine, especially. As for the mystery – perhaps some memorial?

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  7. Whatever the reason I am very happy it is there 🙂

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  8. OK, we live in the days of instant information so just a casual perusal yielded the following (in no specific order).

    – informal landmark during harvesting
    – fruit or nuts tree of some kind for benefit of farmer or wildlife
    – perch for birds of prey that might keep field pests down
    – possible shade for animals if the field is used for grazing between harvests
    – bedrock or other large boulders that are difficult to remove or clear
    – marking a well or spring
    – sentimental reasons (like initials of loved ones, or an old grave nearby)
    – aesthetic appreciation (farmer really likes the looks of the tree)
    – intentionally left for the benefit (or for tormenting) the curious

    There are more, but the most credible break into two camps; one, the farmer likes the tree, or two, something cause it to be easier to leave than remove.

    That looks like a fairly small tree, but it looks (difficult to tell) as if it has boulders near it.

    And now, on with my life.

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    • Your suggestion of a spring could be the right one.
      Blow wells are a feature of north Lincolnshire, a type of groundwater spring, which is seldom (if at all) found across the British Isles except for the coastal margins of Lincolnshire.

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  9. I think there is something zen-like about that tree, Andrew. It speaks to me: “Be here, now.” Scary trees coming up on my post tomorrow. 🙂 –Curt

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    • Taking the opportunity to discover my own backyard as it were, I think I have come up with the answer. This part of Lincolnshire has what are called blow wells which are artesian springs that escape to the surface through fissures in the earth and are a unique feature. There is a patch of boggy soil and grass so I think this may be one of them.

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  10. Tree makes such beautiful photos. I too have wondered when I see a tree in the middle of a field, why was it spared. Maybe for bees to have a place nearby to pollenate?

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