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Across open downland to a ancient wood. The Oaks was originally established around 1294, and consists of around 115 pollarded oaks.

Many of the trees are now reaching the end of their lives, and the National Trust is pursuing a policy of removing the limbs, but leaving the trunks standing.

Where the trees over-hang a right of way, they probably have no option, if they don't want to be sued. However, not only is it unsightly, it may not be the best option ecologically.

After all, most plants and animals expect torn and cracked wood, not neatly sawn tree trunks.

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