Poland: The ‘Crooked Forest’

The ‘Crooked Forest’ in Gryfino, Poland.

The curved pines, of which there are about 400, were planted around 1930 are surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees. One of the explanations for the curvature says – that these trees were allowed to grow for seven to ten years before being held down in what is thought to have been some kind of human mechanical intervention. Speculationas to what the trees may have been intended for ranges from use in making bent-wood furniture, the ribs for boat hulls or yokes for ox-drawn plows. However, before they could be harvested, the outbreak of the Second World War interrupted the plans of whoever was growing and tending the grove, leaving their plans a mystery.