Sad news as one of the Nation’s ancient green monuments is lost forever… Is it just nature taking its course or should we be working to preserve such magnificent specimens as this?
You could say that the Pontfadog Oak, which has catastrophically collapsedand died, deserved the title of Wales’ National Tree. A more historic tree would be hard to find. The Welsh Prince Owain Gwynedd rallied his army under this tree in 1157 before taking on, and defeating, the English King Henry ll at the battle of Crogen nearby. The tree is also referred to by George Borrow in his book ‘Wild Wales’ in 1862.
The Pontfadog Oak was also larger almost than life. It had a massive girth of nearly 13 metres making it the third fattest of both of the two native oaks (sessile and pedunculate) in the UK. Some experts thought it might be well over 1,000 years old.
What a sad day. No wonder ancient tree enthusiasts are calling for funding for a state resting place for its remains. Why not in recognition of its long service…
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Romsey is to be home to a brand new Art and Craft Gallery called Rum’s Eg (from the Old English name for Romsey). But this will be a gallery with a difference… it wont make any profit! It is to be a ‘not for profit’ venture, run by the newly established Hampshire Art & Craft Community Interest Company. Once up and running the takings will be used to help local charities and organisations in the community. In the meantime they will be used to fund the on going development of 27 Bell Street, the 3 storey listed building in which Rum’s Eg has taken up residence.
The ground floor of Rum’s Eg will be open for a Christmas exhibition, offering an opportunity to buy unusual and exquisite gifts from a selection of Hampshire’s finest artists and makers. The exhibition will run from this Thursday 6th, through to Saturday 22nd of December. After which it will be closing until February 2013, to allow the refurbishment of of the first floor cafe and the second floor workshops to be completed.
If you do manage to make it down to Rum’s Eg for this special Christmas opening you will see one of my green oak beam and glass coffee tables as well as some of my smaller, stocking filler, gift items like my oak tealight holders and the BGO Natural bird boxes. You can find more information about Rum’s Eg and the Hampshire Art & Craft CIC, including ways you can help this exciting new venture, on their website.