Back in the days of storm and tempest, when trees were falling like nine-pins, a massive oak keeled over in the village, bringing down fences and destroying a wall. Over the next few weeks it was not unusual to hear the sound of chain saws, as order was created out of havoc – both here in Chiselborough and in all the villages around us. The heavy rains of the winter had saturated the ground so that when the high winds hit us, the poor trees had little to hang on to. Roads were closed, new views opened up and it took weeks to clear the debris.
In Chiselborough the ‘tree on the hill’ (property of the ‘House on the Hill’ – we really pick our names round here!) was gradually reduced to a manageable load of timber, the shavings were swept up and the area cleared of detritus. BUT, unbeknown to we folk at the bottom of the village, there had been something else going on. This was not a run-of-the-mill tree clearance job – no – a loss was being turned into a gain. A large section of trunk remains, cunningly fashioned into a seat-for-two. It is situated on a grassy bank, above the village, with a clear view into the far distance to the west – a Perfect Place to sit and watch the sun go down! So, here’s a huge THANK YOU to the clever men who did the work and to the owner, who had this lovely idea and who has generously brought such joy to the evening walkers of Chiselborough!