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Man who Lives up a Tree

"What makes you live up a tree, for goodness sake?" Meeting Frank Gunnell, Powick's legendary tree dweller.

News 1958 3 mins

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At Powick in Worcestershire, Jenny Martin meets bin man Frank Gunnell who has been living outdoors for years. With the nearby River Teme a regular source of flooding it is not surprising that he has chosen to elevate his living space and now dwells at the top of a tree. Jenny is not really dressed for tree climbing but does manage to sum up Frank nicely: "...a life of complete contentment in a world that is racked by discontent".