TQ1973 : Beech tree in February, Conduit Wood, Richmond Park

taken 7 years ago, near to Richmond, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

Beech tree in February, Conduit Wood, Richmond Park
Beech tree in February, Conduit Wood, Richmond Park
A shot taken on a day of withering cold, with a sharp east wind blowing. If I knew more about trees I might be able to explain the curious form of this one. The trunk divides just a few feet above the ground - a peculiarity often observed in beech trees, see for example: LinkExternal link. Did the tree suffer some form of injury in its youth? Or is what we're looking at the result of a number of saplings having fused? Beeches do seem to fuse quite readily, a property exploited in hedge-laying.

The roots and lower portion of this tree are also to be seen in:TQ1973 : Beech trees in winter, Conduit Wood, Richmond Park

Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve
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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 6 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Park and Public Gardens  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1904 7380 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.0409N 0:17.2964W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1901 7380
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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