It is with great sadness that we have to report that the veteran English Oak tree at Barton Cricket Club, known locally as ‘The Agatha Christie Oak’, has collapsed overnight. Unfortunately due to a large part of the tree, over 50%, falling over and the remaining section being diseased with much decay visible it will now have to be completely removed for public safety reasons.

Working with Barton Cricket Club over the years we have done our very best to preserve this historical tree. It was identified that Agatha Christie used to sit under this tree, watch and score her favourite summer sport of cricket.

Over the years many tree experts have admired this tree and provided technical advice. We have carried out restoration works to the canopy, removed the tarmac around the base of the tree and created a woodland environment to help improve the trees health. We have also protected the tree with a fence to reduce cars parking nearby.

The tree has been suffering for years with two wood-rooting fungi which forms on the bark or exposed wood. These decay fungi are among the most damaging of diseases, particularly in older trees. The decay renders the tree unsafe and we have been managing this decline but unfortunately overnight the tree failed.

We will now be working with the cricket club to secure a replacement tree for future generation to enjoy.

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