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What is wrong with people?

I'm not in any way trying to diminish what is an act of vandalism but I don't think any listing or preservation order would have stopped this. And to be fair while we moan about teenagers these days ( I own one myself) they're not all wimpy and hopeless and I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility fora 16 year old to do this. I'm not quite a teenager but my father taught me how to use a chainsaw before I was 16 although of course he didn't try to instil the idea of wanton vandalism.
There seems to be a lot of focus on this one single tree but how many have been lost because of things like HS2 with much less uproar. Also from what I've read this tree wasn't originally alone , it was one of a number planted by a farmer supposedly at the end of the 18th century but inbetween the rest have been felled. With any luck the stump will start to shoot and the tree as such won't be gone forever even if it will take a while to get close to what it was.
It will never be possible for a few shoots to become the tree that it was. We'll all be long dead and buried before those shoots once again become a stately tree
 
It will never be possible for a few shoots to become the tree that it was. We'll all be long dead and buried before those shoots once again become a stately tree
Hopefully I will live to see it. You will be astonished how fast sycamore comes back from a coppiced stump because it already has a well established root system. Within 20 years there will be a mature sycamore on that spot…probably not as pretty and perfect shape though.
 
Hopefully I will live to see it. You will be astonished how fast sycamore comes back from a coppiced stump because it already has a well established root system. Within 20 years there will be a mature sycamore on that spot…probably not as pretty and perfect shape though.
I've already seen the original on several occasions Mike and no matter how fast it re-produces it will never be the same just as you say
 
Agreed it probably , well definitely , not grow back exactly as it was but it will grow back and the coppicing has probably extended it's life. If it was a 16 year old that has done this it's probably also unlikely he'll go to prison , there will be extenuating circumstances which given how non of us can understand the motivation behind this it would be hard to argue that this particular individual doesn't have problems...
 
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