While driving another country back road, near where I live, I saw this tree growing in the middle of a pasture.
Do you see the tree is growing out of the base of a huge cut tree? This is a Coppice Stool.
It appears the original tree was cut. But, many times it just happens in nature, when a tree has fallen due to damage from storms. If you would like to read more about coppicing click Here. Another good article, written by Britain's CAT, is Here.
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If you look closely, you can see a small dark opening at the base of the older tree. I wonder if it might be an open fairy door......