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For Mrs Sadler of Hughenden, many of the trees in West Wycombe are very special; they are the landmarks and playgrounds of her childhood.

She says:

"At the bottom of the hill near the Garden Centre, is a clump of fir trees that we always called Daddy's Armchair. Then to the left of the steep side of West Wycombe Hill is what we always called Dark Cuckoo. We used to have great fun playing hide and seek and climbing the trees there. From the bottom of Dark Cuckoo we'd go along to another group of trees we called Heaven's Gate. Why that was we've never known but if you carried on then, up the hill you came to The Umbrella Tree. It was just a small fir tree but whole centre of it was hollow and, as children, we used to sit in there. It would fit about eight of us, and nobody ever realised we were there. Many times we'd listen to people walk past, who had no idea we were feet away!"

Courtesy of the Ancient Tree HuntPerhaps one of the trees Mrs Sadler remembers was this aged yew. Recorded by the Ancient Tree Hunt due to its noteworthy age, and distinctive roots, it is certainly a dark and imposing spectacle. Perhaps it is a candidate for Dark Cuckoo?

Do you recognise these names or remember any of the trees of West Wycombe? Perhaps you remember how they got their names or any of the games they used to host? If so, please get in touch.


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