Plants on Watch: Fagus sylvatica

How did this Beech (Fagus sylvatica) attain this multi stemmed habit?

Was it coppiced 100/200 years ago and then left to grow without further management?
Growing on the edge of a limestone pavement, in very little soil, did it struggle to survive over time leading to the death and regrowth of many shoots?
Was it grazed by deer, leading to multiple shoots, which somehow survived further grazing?
Was it struck by lightening in early growth, leading to multiple shoot growth?

Any other ideas?


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