Cossington Parish Council

Big Tree Memorial Stone - Latest News

12th May 2015 (updated 3rd July 2015)

The good news is that, after an exhaustive search, we have at last found a piece of stone suitable for the site of the famous Big Tree on the corner of Bell Lane and Middle Road. The stone is Welsh Pennant sandstone – very similar in appearance to local Blue Lias but with better structural properties


The photo below shows the stone at the quarry near Swansea – but it has recently been transported to a site in the village ready for installation.


The stone itself is about 3m (10 ft) high, 0.8m (2ft 8 in) wide and 0.6m (2ft) deep. A significant part of the stone will be submerged in the foundations leaving about 1.8m (6ft) above ground. It weighs about 4 tons so installation needs to be handled carefully.


Installation will take place over the coming weeks, the main steps being:

  • Excavation of the installation area inside the stone surround - completed

  • Foundation work (dependant on what excavation reveals) - completed

  • Positioning and setting of the stone

  • Mounting of the white Portland stone Elm tree relief plaque

  • Finishing and planting in surround


Watch this space for more details.

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