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Local oak used for new Abbey door
Oak tree at Westonbirt Arboretum being prepared for use at Malmesbury Abbey
The door will be part of a three-storey extension to the Abbey
Oak trees from Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire are being used to renovate Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire.

The trees are being felled as part of the management of woods at Westonbirt which involves coppicing.

The oak will be used to build a new door in the centuries-old Grade I listed Abbey.

The door is part of plans to build a three-storey extension to the north west corner of the Abbey to house meeting rooms and the parish office.

The extension will be built within the footprint of the original Abbey.

In the south west corner, the space originally intended as a chapel will be glazed to create a brighter area.

Only a third of the Abbey has survived, but in the Middle Ages the building had a tall central spire, reaching 7m (23ft) higher than Salisbury Cathedral's 123m (404ft)-high spire.

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