The Beech stump

All that remains of the Beech tree is its stump and roots, now covered in lichens, fungi and green mosses that get swept aside once in a while when someone wishes to use the wood as a seat. Surrounding the tree’s dead foundation are countless prickly Beech nut husks, accumulated over a hundred years or more, from when the growing tree first started to fruit, right up until the giant’s demise finally arrived. The end was either because of a summer gale fanning the full canopy to its trunk’s breaking point or just due to a local Council’s decision to remove a potentially unsafe behemoth.

Either way, the forest is now a much more lonely place where the Beech once stood…

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