New Battle Wood (Scotland) Abstract tree carving (Tansy Lee Moir)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park - ancient carved, coppiced Beech tree (Chris Taylor)
Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield 2015 (Chris Taylor)
Graves Park, Sheffield, February 2015 (Chris Taylor)
Swinney Wood, Derbyshire 2015 (Alan Withington)
Damflask Reservoir, Sheffield 2015 (Anne & Brian Ward)
An interesting carving (of what?) on a tree almost overhanging the path along the SW side of Damflask Reservoir in Sheffield’s Loxley Valley. The carving faces SE and is easily missed if walking W to E. The approximate grid reference is SK 276 906.
Various locations (Brian Muelaner)
Shanklin Chine, Isle of Wight (Christine Handley, 2015)
Honiton Wood, Devon (Ian Rotherham)
Warkworth, Northumbria (Ian Rotherham, 2013)
Glynllifon Country Park, Gwynedd (John Whitehead, Pontllyfni, N. Wales)
The two pictures taken in 2011 are graffiti on a trunk of a beech tree by a secluded woodland track in Glynllifon Country Park. The estate has nearly a 1000 years steeped in history and legends. There are tales of ghosts in the Regency styled Mansion and beneath, in the vaults are said to be the largest colony in Europe of the Lesser Horse Shoe Bat Rhinolophus hipposideros.
The estate has a 7 mile ancient boundary wall containing farmland, forest, ornamental woodland, historic gardens, tree trail, sculptures, steam engines, craft centre and fountains along the central sheltered valley of the river LLifon. At Glynllifon, the College of further Education has a new centre of learning to expand courses in agriculture, equine and forestry. Throughout the year the estate is a venue for various craft shows and steam rallies, where Glynllifon is ideally located in a scenic area near the coast of North Wales and on the edge of the Snowdonia mountains.
It is hoped that perhaps, within the long introduction to Glynllifon, there are clues to the originator and purpose of the graffiti man with the hat!
Thornbridge Estate, Great Longstone, Derbyshire (Chris Percy, 2016)
Beverley Westwood Common, East Yorks (Chris Percy, Sept. 2016)
Linacre Wood, Derbyshire (Andy Alder)
Morton, Derbyshire: The Morton Horse Chestnut (Andy Alder)
Various misc., Derbyshire (Andy Alder)
Examples from Estonia (Triin Kusmin)
(Left) Historically in Estonia trees have been used for bee-keeping and had markings. Sometimes a hole was cut in the tree for the bees but also stump hives were placed on the trees. The trees were often marked with the family mark of the owner. Unfortunately very few of this kind of trees are still standing.
(Right) Repeatedly collecting birch sap can leave markings on the tree. Collecting birch and maple sap is widely spread tradition in Estonian families even today..
(Left) The funeral-tradition of the cross-trees is still alive in the South-Estonia.
(Right) There are also some trees with crosses which are not 'cross-trees' (term referring to the ancient funeral custom in South-Estonia) but are connected to some accident or death near the tree. In this example, the cross was cut in remembrance of a baron, Otto Budberg von Böningshausen, who was shot in 1907 after the Uprising of the Peasants in 1905.