Tree supportsJuly 7, 2010
We were out and about on yet more village wanderings and came across a gorgeous old tree in a churchyard. Despite the unforgiving summer heat the area under the tree was blissfully cool and shady and, unlike the rest of the area, had a gentle cooling breeze.
The tree is clearly old and has grown in an inconvenient direction: the low stone wall on the left of the photo marks the boundary of the church land, beyond it is a steep drop. Rather than cut the tree back it has been allowed to grow at will but essential support has been provide courtesy of a low pillar of Lefkara stone.
This stone, which is found only in a few square miles around the Lefkara villages, is a particularly hard type of limestone. Our builders needed to use a diamond drill bit to get through some at the house. In this case it gives a support strong enough to allow the tree to continue flourishing.