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The huge damage done to the circle of trees is clearly seen in the contrast between the first two photographs below. The upper one taken by John Howell in 1964 shows more than 50 healthy trees. The lower one taken in 2004 By Gaynor Smith shows about 25 trees, half of which are dead or dying. These trees have all been destroyed by vandalism, some burned, some felled by axe and some damaged by stolen cars being crashed into them and then set alight. Its a tragedy, It's been said that one picture is winter and one summer, that is true, I say count the trunks for yourself...

Dave Sampson's two photos below from the 1990's. The first showing the Wellingtonia
2008 by Don Tait