The Mighty Oak

I am reblogging this post from 2016, for the benefit of my many welcome new followers. I apologise in advance to everyone who saw it at the time, but it is one of my personal favourite posts on this blog.

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There are lots of oak trees in this area. We even have two on our property, one in the front, and a larger one dominating the back garden. This is one of the biggest I have seen around here though, and it greets you as you enter through the gate onto Hoe Rough. It has been dated at around 350 years old.
The photo can be enlarged by clicking on it.

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It started growing in 1666.

As it grew, London was devastated by The Great Fire. Charles II was on the throne of England, and Samuel Pepys was writing his famous diary. When this oak was 110 years old, the far-off colonies in America declared independence, and started a war with England to achieve it.

In 1916, the tree had reached the grand old age of 250. That summer, Britain suffered terrible casualties at the Battle of The Somme, and…

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33 thoughts on “The Mighty Oak

  1. Wonderful, Pete! Each state in the US back in the late 1700’s planted a Liberty Tree. I do not know what kind of tree. The last one in Maryland died 10 or 15 years ago. Of course that is nothing compared to your mighty oak.

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  2. Thanks for this. I hadn’t started blogging when you first posted it. I remember a huge tree that had fallen and the forestry center displayed a cross section of it with all the rings tagged with historical events. I loved seeing that and could connect your tree with the British, rather than American, events.

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  3. I’m always amazed how old – and big – oaks can get. There’s one, the Treaty Oak, close by in Austin [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_Oak_(Austin,_Texas)], which I haven’t seen yet myself. But I did have the opportunity once to see the magnificent “Big Tree” in the Goose Island State Park. See my “Bilderbuch Blog” https://pitsbilderbuch.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/the-big-tree/
    We have quite a few oaks on our property, but not as old and neither as magificent. Unfortunately, some of them are suffering from Oak Wilt, a disease that can kill an fully-grown oak in just about a year. It looks like the treatment we got for them seems to have worked, but in the first few years here we had to have 25!! mature oaks cut down because they were either completely dead or beyond recovery.

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