If you were to watch 100 people try to solve an open ended puzzle. I bet you’d see each person solve it in a slightly different, if not drastically different way. Ie how to use whats in a house to climb onto the roof where theres a ton of potential solutions. Some of which you would never think of. Maybe someone jumps from a nearby tree. This goes to show that sometimes the best way to learn is by watching other people do odd things and learning what not to do.
In the vein of learning from other peoples odd decisions I want to discuss a story. Theres a tree in southeast England which was studied to discover more about oak trees. The project which studied one particular oak tree was creatively named OneOak. Its to the point at least.
The Story of the OneOak Tree
So this tree was loved by many children as well and was sort of a cultural thing in the area. This study undertook to discover everything about the tree. How often it dropped acorns, its rate of growth, what day its leaves fell or new buds began to grow. They really got into the details of this tree. So much so that it really became a thing in the area. With all the local kids getting involved and whatnot. A really touching way to reconnect kids with something we’ve all lost. A sense of intimacy with our natural surroundings.
So after they completed all aspects of the study they laser scanned the tree to get a 360 degree 100% understanding of its composition. Then they cut the tree down. They cut the damn thing down. As I understand it, they needed to know the trees age to finish their study. It still strikes me as funny though. A community puts so much heart into studying and understanding this tree then they kill it. Its like a biographer murdering the books subject in order to have a complete story.
They Cut Down the Tree
On the bright side they respected the tree after it was felled. Local craftsman used all the wood for art projects. Those same children who witnessed the felling came back the following year to collect acorns. They ended up planting about 50 more potential OneOak trees. All in all its a pretty touching story about humanities appreciation and connection to nature. And telling of how far modern society has come from that with our waste, and degradation of nature.
But c’mon they cut it down.
I think the moral of the story is things can appear different than they are upon first glance. In this case them cutting down the tree was probably a good thing. Buts its a funny way to end a beautiful story.
If you enjoyed this funny story about a community and its oak share it with your circle.
If you want to read more about the OneOak project and its impact on the community you can do so here.
Comment what you thought of the story or another funny story you have in the same vein.