Our Crooked Forest theory

Jul 10, 2014 | english hardwoods

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You’ve seen these pictures before right?

Us ‘tweeters’ have been puzzling over them for months now. Every now and then we re-visit the subject and come up with a flurry of ideas as to why these poor tortured arbres have grown the way they have.

Well, yesterday I might have accidentally discovered the reason these arboricultural specimens grew in such a weird way.

Now if you’re sitting comfortably, I shall begin… (*)

We were out at a site that the forestry team (@cockingforestry) are currently harvesting on (Barlavington.. lovely mix of woodlands) and Tom was walking Ian and I round some of the compartments explaining the work that would be happening in the next month or so.

the unthinned part of the hemlock stand western hemlock stand at barlavington some of the large hemlocks in the stand have been felled

We came to a lovely stand of Hemlock with the beginnings of a glade (very Narnia-esque). There was thinning still to finish and some big hand felled trees laying in situ. Tom explained that they were too big for the harvester and that they’d be removed soon once thinning was complete.

As we walked under the standing trees and the newly exposed forest floor there were masses of new shoots, so many it looked like a carpet of moss, it was amazing! Anyway, part of the management plan leaves this area to natural regeneration which Tom was very pleased about.

felled hemlock at barlavington the new shoots of natural regeneration a stump left can provide a happy home for natural regeneration of trees

I asked Tom about a particularly active area where the shoots were all over the stump of one of the recently felled trees and he explained that it was quite common to see regen happen on top of the tree, especially if it lies in situ and rots down.

He had seen one where the regeneration had happened right on the top of a log, down the whole log length, and the shoots had grown roots that reached right around the trunk until they reached the soil…

you can see where I’m going with this now can’t you???…

and then, when the original tree had rotted there was a space left between the roots of a whole row of trees where the log had been!

Do I need say more?

I’m not saying exactly the same thing must have happened in Poland but there is a fairly consistent log sized shape in all of the trees that are crooked that suggests a tree shape.

So maybe a few trees fell, or were felled and left, and that perhaps these shoots reached up around them (already growing by then perhaps?).

There are patterns in the positioning of the trees, and there are also some in the midst that grow completely straight (in gaps between logs maybe?).

So what do we think?

Am I on the right track or am I talking utter codswallop?

Perhaps the only way to know is to put the theory to the test and grow some wonky trees ourselves to see what happens?

Who knows anyone that grows trees….. 😉

This post is dedicated to all our twitter compatriots in puzzlement (is that a word?) including @andyheald @BSACatering @JohnWeirFC @GrowninBritain @MusicalCV @davefunnell78 and the countless other dedicated puzzlers not satisfied with just looking at nice pictures of weird trees but who strive to solve the riddle.

Good day to you tweeters, and thanks for your time.

Over and out.



*Gotta love Jackanory !!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackanory

Here are some other theories to consider http://beforeitsnews.com/strange/2013/06/mysterious-crooked-forest-in-poland-video-report-2449112.html

P.S. All crooked forest pictures are from http://curious-places.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/the-crooked-forest-near-gryfino-poland.html