A resurrection of sorts for Easter. Not too far away from the remains of The Stump the authorities have planted a sapling horse chestnut. I wish it well, although the last time they tried this it was swiftly snapped in half by vandals. I don’t think I shall be reporting regularly on its progress, although it might feature occasionally.
For anyone curious as to how The Stump might have developed, if left to its own devices, here is a wild horse chestnut of a similar age to the sapling, a short walk along the Brampton Valley Way, as approached from Little Bowden. At this early stage in its development there are several branches that have the potential to develop into a trunk. In time, all but one will die away or be destroyed and all the strength of the tree will be concentrated in the surviving branch.