Old tree reveals hidden secrets

Matt Hunt is pictured with the log, which split to reveal a series of markings, thought to be the in

Matt Hunt is pictured with the log, which split to reveal a series of markings, thought to be the initials of a young couple. - Credit: Archant

Are the letters running through the grain of beech the initials of a young couple?

Matt Hunt is pictured with the log, which split to reveal a series of markings, thought to be the in

Matt Hunt is pictured with the log, which split to reveal a series of markings, thought to be the initials of a young couple. - Credit: Archant

THE initials of lovers carved on a tree many decades ago may have been uncovered by a chance swing of an axe.

Matt Hunt is pictured with the log, which split to reveal a series of markings, thought to be the in

Matt Hunt is pictured with the log, which split to reveal a series of markings, thought to be the initials of a young couple. - Credit: Archant

Matt Hunt, 22, was chopping logs when he noticed the unusual markings running through the grain of a 60-year-old beech.

The landscape gardener had previously felled the tree while carrying out management work in woods at his parents’ home in Middle Marwood.

The log split to reveal the letters EBT 4 DH X, possibly the initials of a young couple declaring their love for one another.


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“I’ve never seen anything like it before; it was a lucky swing of the axe really,” said Matt, who is also a volunteer Exmoor park ranger.

“The bark must have been shaven off before the letters were carved; it’s grown back over time and left a scar on the outside of the bark but the carvings run through the wood.

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“The scaring caused a weakness in the grain and the log split when I took the axe to it. I’ve counted the rings and I’d guess that whoever carved the letters did so around 30 years ago.

“You can imagine the possibility it was young lovers at the time,” added Matt.

Do you recognise the markings? Telephone the newsdesk on 01271 345056 or email newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk

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