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The Bicycle Tree

Seeing really is believing.. Is it possible for a tree to have an iron deficiency?

8 May 2009

Not all that far from the Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond and not much more than a caber toss from Glen Finglas - the Woodland Trust’s largest wood - lies the village of Brig o’ Turk – its name derived from the Gaelic, Tuirc, meaning wild boar and probably referring to the popularity of Glen Finglas as an ancient Royal hunting ground.

Here, a quite extraordinary tree can be found. A hundred year old sycamore is not normally that remarkable but this one has rather a curious appetite – for chunks of metal! So far it has all but swallowed up an anchor and a bicycle to name but two.

The Bicycle Tree is in close proximity to the old smithy and history relates that the blacksmith would regularly make use of it for propping up or suspending redundant bits of iron mongery. Over time the tree has enveloped them and given itself some most unusual features. The bicycle, however, is believed to have belonged to a villager conscripted to the Great War who left it hanging on a branch. It may be that he never returned but, if he did, he may have been dismayed to discover that his bicycle had been claimed by a rather unlikely new owner.

Today the handlebars and part of the frame are there for all to see...

The Bicycle Tree