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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