One of the oldest field maples in the British Isles gets a new seat.

Downham Church , St Margaret's

By Jo Cullen

Growing in a country churchyard is one of the oldest field maples in the British Isles. It is 10 metres tall and has a girth of 465 cm. In 1995 the parishioners decided to build a new seat around the base of the tree as a pleasant place to sit in the shade on warm summer days.

Photo:The new seat ready to install

The new seat ready to install

Downham Church Collection

Photo:Dedication of the new seat

Dedication of the new seat

Downham Church Collection

Photo:Dedication of new seat

Dedication of new seat

Downham Church Collection

Photo:The tree in winter and memorial for those who's ashes have been interred in the churchyard.

The tree in winter and memorial for those who's ashes have been interred in the churchyard.

Downham Church Collection

This page was added by Jo Cullen on 17/10/2013.