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Poland’s unexplained crooked woodland

In a small corner of western Poland, near the town of Gryfino, a strange and unexplained mystery exists.

400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend. Just inches above the ground, these trees take a dramatically sharp turn toward the sky, rounding into J shapes as they make their ascent – and all bending northward. Strangely enough, the trees were tall and straight until in their 7th year – just before the 2nd World War reached Poland. This forest, 80 years old, appears to be healthy and unhampered even with their bent trunks. Surrounding these strange trees is a forest of straight-growing pine trees.

There is no definitive answer for the pine tree’s bizarre shape, and the stories about them run the gamut from the practical to the bizarre. The most grounded explanation among those seeking answers is that the trees may have simply been buried beneath a terrible snowstorm in their infancy. Others believe the gravitational pull in that area has morphed their trunks.

The most intriguing explanation suggests that local foresters manipulated the trees shortly after planting them in 1925-1928; possibly foresters hoping to make furniture from the bent shapes had intervened when the trees were young; which refused to let the trees grow upwards, after the foresters had severely stunted their growth. It is suspected that they abandoned their efforts after the start of WWII, in 1939. The forest has sustained this lasting ecological mark, 80 years later.

This crooked forest is an odd occurance

in a seemingly ordinary place.

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