A liitle less than halfway up the north slope of Sale Fell grows a tree that is certainly an “offcomer”. Despite that it has lived and thrived on Sale Fell for quite a bit more than 150 years, it could never be called a local. It is a Mediterranian (Aleppo) Pine, Pinus Pinea. ( see the picture on the Images page)
We’ll never know how this tree came to be planted nor how it survived the strip-cultivators and wallers and the nibbling of sheep over the generations, nor why it seems to like its high and north-facing location so much. It is unusual though, and ones imagination might be tempted to weave a romantic tale around its birth, its survival and its present prime of life.
What about it then? – Do we have among our community, people of imagination and creative turn-of-mind who might have a go at weaving such a tale and who might thereby establish this venerable tree in local folklore and legend? Why not have a go. – Write its story and post it here for the delight of us all.