Crack Willows

Between Dedham and Flatford Mill on the banks of the river Stour there are a number of very old crack willow trees, each has been pollarded over a number of generations and has evolved into very individual shapes.
No two trees are the same, some have split into two or three parts and resemble prehistoric creatures more than willow trees. Others have huge crowns which lean perilously over to one side and some have retained their traditional willow shape with large trunks and a symmetrical growth that is beautifully balanced.