Church of England Diocese of Oxford Hurst

Weeping Lime

A New Bench has been made from an old Village Friend - the Weeping Lime Tree

Many people witnessed the traffic being stoped on the corner of the churchyard by the Castle Inn, some years ago now, whilst the Tree Surgeons finally felled the poor old tree that had unfortunately been suffering from an incurable infection that would render it unsafe.

The trunk of the Lime tree has now been carved into a bench.

The bench is located in the churchyard so future generations can also benefit from the tree. Indeed there have been many visitors making use of it already. It seems to be a popular place for groups to pose for photographs.

The chain saw artist also cut the word "LIME" from bits cut from making the bench, which is currently sitting beside the bench.

He also carved a rustic cross, which was presented to St. Nicholas CofE school at their church service on 19th July 2013. The head teacher commented that school really appreaciated the gift and it was nice to think of all the school children over the years that had walked under the branches of the tree on their way to services, and that it would be a lovely link between the school and the church.

The bench now needs a chance to dry a little before being treated to help preserve its life.

Some of the excess wood has been sold to villagers to help pay for the bench.