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Living Together

Tree at Goosey Bridge  Olney

The Monday Photo

Remember the tree I showed you not too long ago, that wasn’t actually one tree but several things growing together? I’ve found another example, this time in Olney.

I’d gone for a walk with my nephew a few days before Christmas, and we crossed Goosey bridge (you can see it in the background) and around the edge of Goosey Island, on the Great Ouse. As we left the island I spotted this one on the bank. I couldn’t get too close, but I could see there’s a compact shape that’s still in leaf, while another set of branches, this time bare, has grown out further.

This tree or trees (I’m struggling to find a word that clearly describes it) is very much the same shape as the one I found in Woughton on the Green, except that the branches come down to a lower level. Perhaps only sheep are kept in this field, not cattle, and as sheep can’t reach as high to nibble at those tender shoots, the branches can survive closer to the ground.

If you’ve seen other examples of this mutual growing arrangement, please let me know in the comments.


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