Death of a colossus

@THETREEHUNTERThe Buttington Oak in its prime, pictured by Rob McBride @THETREEHUNTER

ONE OF the oldest trees in Wales, thought to have been planted 1,000 years ago as a boundary marker along Offa’s Dyke, has fallen down.

The Buttington Oak was spotted collapsed in its field two miles from Welshpool in Powys by a man nicknamed the “tree hunter” – Rob McBride.

Mr McBride, who records ancient trees in Wales, said the oak had enormous cultural significance as it would have been planted by local people to mark the site of the Battle of Buttington and also as part of Offa’s Dyke – the border earthwork built by King Offa in the 8th century.

“It’s such a pity as this was the largest tree on Offa’s Dyke and the second largest in Wales,” he added.

@THETREEHUNTER2The collapsed oak, pictured by Rob McBride @THETREEHUNTER

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