The Hungry Tree | Dublin

In the grounds of The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, the training ground of centuries of Irish lawyers and barristers, stands a vast London Plane tree of unknown age. Although listed as one of Ireland’s Heritage Trees by the Tree Council of Ireland, but its real claim to fame is the park bench it’s been slowly swallowing up over time. 

The steel bench is now firmly lodged within the tree’s bulk, and visitors love to take pictures of themselves on the bench being ‘eaten’ by the tree. 

Photographer William Murphy captured a series of images that show the tree appearing to ‘eat’ an iron bench.

The Hungry Tree, as seen at King’s Inn Park in Dublin | William Murphy–Creative Commons by SA-2.

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