Sideways trees RAF Mount Pleasant Falkland Island
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Falkland Islands: Tree Planting Fails To Branch Out

They aren’t just any old trees, these trees grow …er, sideways

Sideways trees RAF Mount Pleasant Falkland Island

Armed Forces personnel are pleasantly surprised upon arrival at their final destination when posted to RAF Mount Pleasant Air Base on the windswept island. 

Personnel deployed there are met by the sight of trees, but they aren’t just any old trees, these trees grow … er, sideways.

Sideways trees RAF Mount Pleasant Falkland Island

In true military fashion, the forces community is spending its spare time taking pictures and selfies in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways.

Personnel have been posting their pictures online showing themselves in a variety of poses, making the most of the bizarre sight of the slanted trees.

If anyone else out there has joined in the hilarity and snapped themselves in a pose with the trees - we'd love to see the pics.

There are no native trees that survive on the remote island, this is due to the very high winds and poor soil conditions found there.

However, the ones that still do stand, albeit sideways, were planted in 1983, one year after the Falklands conflict ended.

Sideways trees RAF Mount Pleasant Falkland Island: Picture courtesy of Kristina Klug
Sideways trees RAF Mount Pleasant Falkland Island: Picture courtesy of Kristina Klug

The then local government began a programme to plant trees right across the island in the hope that it would introduce further wildlife and plants – although this failed to branch out.