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Canterbury's tree is gone

The lime tree inside the boundary at St Lawrence's Ground, Canterbury is no more.

The 290 year-old tree, which was expected to have to come down in the near future, was blown over during wild storms on Friday. According to today's Telegraph, the Kent CCC is yet to decide whether to replace it with a sapling planted by the late Jim Swanton in 1999, or to have a boring old tree-less outfield the same as everyone else. At least we still have the VRA Ground in Amstelveen for arborial diversity.

There's a rather sad-looking photo of the stump on the Kent CCC website.

Photos of the tree in happier days, taken when Dianne and I visited the ground on the occasion of a women's one-day international in June 2000, can be found here.