The Beech Tree is sometimes given the nickname of “The Widowmaker” and not without reason. This photo was taken yesterday on the A343 just North of Hurstbourne Tarrant and demonstrates why you should always avoid setting up your patrol harbour or bivvy site underneath a Beech. They have the tendency of shedding entire branches without warning or, as demonstrated by this particular Beech, shearing in half. Whilst being beautiful trees that offer spacious and ample protection for a brew or a camp, their attraction should always be treated with caution!
Thankfully, the tree was set back about 5 metres from the road and didn’t affect traffic. A useful, timely reminder.