Back in July we mentioned our plans for a local lias stone monument at the site of the “Big Tree”. We were hoping the monument would be in place by now but there have been considerable difficulties in sourcing a suitably sized stone. Rather than compromise on the size of the monument we have widened our searches to include suitable similar alternative types of stone such as blue/grey Portland (as used on some village buildings) or Pennant in addition to blue lias.
The white Portland stone plaque for the monument has already been carved with an impressive Elm tree relief by local stone artist, Nigel Alway (see photo, right). The size and shape of the plaque and monument do not allow a full pictorial representation of the old Big Tree at its peak – but provides the desired symbolic impression of vitality. We hope to have more news very soon. As previously mentioned, the costs for all the above are being met by a local resident.
Artist's impression of how the new monument might look
Portland Stone Plaque