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The ancient wassailing tree which was battered by strong winds in Dunkeswell.

Ancient tree falls foul of the elements

Thursday, November 29, 2012
9.13 AM

A wassailing tree used to fend off evil has been brought down by strong winds in Dunkeswell.

An ancient wassailing apple tree fell foul of the bad weather in Dunkeswell last week.

The tree, which is located at Sunny Bank, was brought down by strong winds last Thursday and can be seen in this picture taken by Midweek Herald reader Deborah Barker.

Wassailing is an ancient fertility rite celebrated in Devon and other cider apple-growing counties.

The Dunkeswell tree is traditionally used on the twelfth night of Christmas, when witches are shot from it to fend off evil and ensure the village enjoys a good crop of apples.