The Crooked Forest

The Crooked Forest is located right outside of Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland. The grove contains approximately 400 pine trees with bent trunks. They were planted sometime in 1939, but why or who made them crooked is unknown.

These are probably Pitch Pine trees that were planted and grown in this shape for the purpose of making ‘Grown Ribs’ for boat building. Initially they would have been bent nearly horizontal in a northerly direction to allow maximum sunlight to help with the growth. Pitch pine is a very durable wood and suitable for boats used in salt or fresh water because of its resistance to rot and decay. These were most probably planted before the war and then abandoned as the wooden boat building industry was forced into early demise.

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