Ancient forest uncovered on Penzance beach

Ancient forest uncovered on Penzance beach

Prehistoric tree stump on Penzance's Wherrytown beach. The remains of this and other oak, beech and pine trees were uncovered here and at Chyandour beach by the relentless storms that battered Cornwall this year.

The forest is thought to date back 4000-6000 years ago when it covered much of Mount's Bay. The ancient forest remains have not been exposed to this extent for over 40 years. However, it is likely they will be reclaimed by the shifting sands fairly quickly.

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