The Fallen Tree

Away from the well-beaten tourist trail and famous student haunts, Oxford is home to plenty more than dreaming spires and dusty libraries. In our series, Secret Oxford, we shed light on lesser-known parts of the city that deserve more praise, from intimate college gardens to the best pub snugs in town.

Every month an Oxonian reveals a location particularly dear to their heart, and explains what makes it so special. This month, Science Writer Alun Anderson returns to Wytham Woods, the University's famous research centre, to see an old friend: a fallen Beech tree, which he came across on his first day in the woods forty years ago, and has been visiting ever since. He talks about how the two of them have changed, and discusses the importance of fallen trees to woodland ecology.

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