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Bicycle Tree, The


(The Metal-Eating Tree, Iron Tree)

A remarkable ironivorous tree located next to the former Smiddy at the mouth of Glen Finglas, a half-mile (1 km) north of Brig O' Turk in Stirling Council Area, the Bicycle Tree (also known as the Metal-Eating Tree or the Iron Tree) is a century-old sycamore with a reputation for absorbing various objects hung there by the blacksmith, including an anchor and chain. It is said that a local boy called up to fight in the Great War left his bicycle next to the tree. When he failed to return the tree grew around the bicycle and today only parts remain visible protruding from the trunk. This all seems to have done the tree no harm and a campaign has been mounted by local people to protect this unusual specimen (2007).


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