Unlike most beech trees, this tree has a rippled bark. This unusual effect was probably caused by a hormonal problem.
As the ripples will have affected the grain throughout the trunk, the tree has no value as timber. This means the tree has been left whilst others in the wood have been felled making it one of the larger trees in Fingest Wood.
However, at 1.9 m, the girth of this tree is still quite small compared with many beech trees.
The tree grows close to the footpath through Fingest Wood.
Fingest Wood by footpath