Ancient Oak felled in Bishopstoke

Felled oak tree trunk Bishopstoke

A mighty oak has finally been felled at the junction of Itchen Avenue and
Bracken Crescent in Bishopstoke.

I thought a little poem might be cool as the tree is about 250 years old so
I wrote this.

“I stand by the stump
of an ancient tree,

this mighty old oak

stood here long before me,

it fell as an acorn

in George’s reign,

in a hedge by a field

near some Bishopstoke lane,

from the branch of an oak

which Drake could have seen,

Is this all that remains

of what England has been?”

Peter Stewart


  4 comments for “Ancient Oak felled in Bishopstoke

  1. Stephen Slominski
    March 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hmmmm….wonder why this was felled?

    And where is Matthew Myatt when you need him eh?

    In November 2010 he asked green, environmentally friendly Eastleigh Borough Council how many trees they had felled and never got answer.

    The matter went to an internal review and still hasn’t been resolved.

    My guess.

    They don’t how many trees they have chopped down.

    See his request here

  2. Peter Stewart
    March 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    This tree is about 250 years old I reckon. Amazing to think that its parent tree would have been an acorn in Elizabeth’s reign!

  3. March 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    So the tree has (amongst other things) survived two World Wars and the great storm of 1987, but eventually fell victim to the chainsaw…

    What a shame.

  4. Peter Stewart
    March 7, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Alas the heart of this tree was rotten to the core. Those who doubt the extent of the rot may may inspect the stump. Like many a rugged ancient English symbol, it fell victim to decay. Over the years, the decay grew silently and unnoticed, until eventually the thing itself was no more. Ladies and Gentlemen, this tree is the embodiment of our own Parliament!

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