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Mystery of the 'Crooked Forest'


Posted on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 2.5 Stefan Wernli

 
A mysterious forest in north-west Poland has visitors perplexed due to its strangely curved trees.

Over 400 curved pine trees planted over 80 years ago adorn the forest with an almost otherworldly splendour. It is thought that the trees may have been bent out of shape on purpose as part of a manufacturing process long abandoned at the beginning of the Second World War.

"With their trunks all bent the northward, these trees look like something straight out of one of the more uncomfortable fairy tales."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Blackwhite on 12 October, 2011, 18:11
I can't believe the British newspaper The Daily Mail used the American "plows" rather than the British "ploughs."
Comment icon #9 Posted by Still Waters on 12 October, 2011, 19:22
I don't see how it matters which spelling is used when they both have the same meaning. It doesn't make the article less interesting either.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 12 October, 2011, 20:35
that is odd un-tree-like behavior
Comment icon #11 Posted by ThePitOfReason on 13 October, 2011, 6:14
Someone forced the trees to grow like this for a reason. They must have had an idea. I see some cool furniture and rocking chairs.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Swamptick on 15 October, 2011, 11:20
Cool pic, but the growth is utterly normal. The trees just followed the path of available light at the time they were smaller.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Lilly on 15 October, 2011, 11:28
Yeah, I think this was more along the lines of someone cultivating the trees to bend. From the article: "the outbreak of the Second World War interrupted the plans of whoever was growing and tending the grove, leaving their plans a mystery." Perhaps the person responsible perished in the war?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mistydawn on 15 October, 2011, 17:06
Well, we can only guess it was human intervention, but that can't be verified, so it remains a mystery I guess.
Comment icon #15 Posted by gatekeeper32 on 16 October, 2011, 21:11
Interesting. I am sure there is an environmental factor to explain the abnormal growth yet the picture does remind me of a few European folklore of how plants and tree would become warped or deformed by the occupation of a mischievous or evil fairy, sprite or spirit. Again interesting.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Abramelin on 17 October, 2011, 9:37
Trees can grow in a bent way because of soil compositon, wind, infection, growing on the slope of a hill, and damage. But this looks like someone - a boat builder - planted trees, and as soon as the trees had grown to a certain hight cut everything that grew straight up and sideways from the trees, except one side branch; boat builders often looked for these bent trees to create the keel of the boat. These trees were obviously left alone to grow to a mature size (and straight up again) because the one trimming them died or something.


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