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Are you quaking in your boots yet, kitchen crew? You might be once you’ve heard about these spooky trees and wild woods!

Now I know our wood kitchens are scarily splendid, but they’re certainly not haunted. The timber enthusiast that I am, I just cannot resist reporting on all things related to weird and wonderful trees; with Halloween just around the corner, I thought you might like to hear a few spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing tales about some of the most famous haunted woodlands in the world!

The Devil’s Tree, New Jersey, USA

The Devil’s Tree can be found in Somerset County, New Jersey. This solitary oak stands alone and is the subject of many local whisperings. Plenty of residents in the community have even gone so far as to deem it ‘the gateway to hell’, as it is said to exude unnatural warmth and snow will not rest on it even in the middle of winter. What’s more, locals claim that if you press an ear against the tree, you can hear a peculiar wailing coming from inside. Others say if you get too near it, you will become haunted by a mysterious black pickup truck that will chase you away from the tree. It’s been struck several times by lightning, without causing fires or any real damage at all. Spooky!

Screaming Woods, Kent, UK

Dering Woods in Kent have earned themselves the nickname ‘Screaming Woods’, and can be found just south of Pluckley (said to be the most haunted village in Britain!). Many visitors have reported the sound of anguished screams coming from the forest late at night – ooh err, you wouldn’t catch me near there after 8pm! The eerie woods are rumoured to be haunted by a highwayman who was killed in the forest by villagers many years before, and by another man who is said to have had a fatal fall from the trees. In 1998, four students visited the forest and mysteriously disappeared, mirroring a similar incident that occurred precisely 50 years before. Well, this tale certainly shivered my timbers!

Hoia-Baciu Forest, Transylvania, Romania

Our final spooky story belongs to the Hoia-Baciu Forest, located just outside the city of Cluj Napoca in Transylvania. This is considered one of the most haunted forests in the entire world! In 1968, a scientist photographed a UFO above the woodland – the first of many mysterious events. Known as the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Romania’, visitors have emerged from the forest with unexplained feelings of anxiety, rashes, scratches, burns and vomiting! Some were even unable to account for long stretches of time that has passed whilst in the forest. How creepy is that?

Here at deTerra, we like to keep our feet firmly on the ground and attribute much of these rumours to campfire legend. Personally, I don’t recommend reading too much into these fables, as they certainly gave Cabineto a fright – his timber-y panels are trembling as we speak!

Stay safe this Halloween, gang, and I’ll catch up with you against soon.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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