Newbattle Abbey College sycamore replanted after being blown down

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A 450-YEAR-OLD tree that was blown down in strong winds has been replanted in the grounds of an adult education college.

Saplings from the monster sycamore, felled six years ago, were planted next to Newbattle Abbey College last week as part of the institution’s 75th anniversary ­celebrations.

The 95-foot tree is believed to have been planted in the college grounds by the Earl of Lothian in 1560 but came crashing down in May 2006.

College principal Ann Southwood said: “The old sycamore was a significant feature of the grounds, dominating the main entrance to the college, and it was much loved by staff and students.

“This re-planting is an ideal way of being able to keep the sycamore part of the college’s history.”