Wiltshire

Storm-hit walnut tree in Swindon crafted into pens

The smashed walnut tree at Lydiard Park in Swindon Image copyright Swindon Borough Council
Image caption The old walnut tree was smashed to pieces by strong winds last December

The timber from a 300-year-old walnut tree which perished in last winter's storms has been turned into pens.

Fierce winds last December smashed branches off the tree at Lydiard House in Swindon and also damaged the trunk.

The gardening team at the council-owned estate saved the timber which they deemed usable for wood turning.

Now local craftsman Simon Webb has created a series of pens which are being sold to raise money for the maintenance of the estate and parkland.

According to Swindon Borough Council, the tree was believed to have been one of the country's oldest walnuts having lived through two world wars.

The estate includes a Palladian-style house, church and a walled garden set in 260 acres of parkland.

Image copyright Swindon Borough Council
Image caption Craftsman Simon Webb was commissioned by the council to make the pens

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