Umbrella tree gets new life as gifts

By David Newble

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Umbrella tree gets new life as gifts

The replacement for the Cowes umbrella tree. Picture by Robin Crossley.

WOOD from Cowes’s iconic umbrella tree, which was condemned as dangerous, will be used to create civic gifts from Cowes Town Council.

Town mayor Cllr Geoff Banks told a public meeting timber from the tree had been saved and given to a wood turner, based at Arreton Barns.

A beech tree has replaced the umbrella tree in the same spot on Princes Green.

The umbrella tree was a favourite of tree climbing youngsters and shade-seeking picknickers for more than 100 years.

However, it succumbed to fungal decay and became so rotten it had to be cut down.



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by GARRY Green

31st March 2014, at 11:05:24

Nice one CP - Tony!

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by GARRY Green

31st March 2014, at 11:05:23

Nice one CP - Tony!

by IWCP Webmaster

31st March 2014, at 09:29:05

@Tony White. Thank you for your comment, we've corrected the story. Ross Findon (web editor).

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by GARRY Green

31st March 2014, at 07:31:42

Ha ha so the master of spelling does read the comments, modifies the mistake the deletes the comment that highlights the mistake! Now that is real honesty and don't you just love someone who can't admit their mistakes!!!!!!! Go back to reading classes with your Peter & Jane books and turn your spell checker off, it's does not work!

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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

30th March 2014, at 23:25:19

I shall miss climbing that tree..........hopefully the Beech tree will be ready for climbing soon!

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by Russell Palin

30th March 2014, at 15:52:21

It was a weeping variety of common Ash, the decay can turn the wood a lovely stripy dark brown, very nice when turned, funnily enough a container ship lost lots of Ash and Beech planks in the Channel in December, some of those Ash planks are of the Brown stained variety, a few even washed up at Cowes LOL

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by tony white

30th March 2014, at 14:31:38

are the county press reporters utterly unable to spell ? what is a "beach tree"?

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by Martin Miller

30th March 2014, at 14:28:48

So it may have been condemned to be cut down, but why should it be made into civic gifts? If generations of local families had spent their childhood playing around it, and climbing it, why should it be offered to those to whom it has no sentimental meaning?
Again this proves how much local families feature in the scheme of things, with the local Council. I enjoyed the tree, whilst it was there when I was a child, my children played there too. 100 years of history resigned to be given to a select few!!

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