The 500 year old Belvoir Oak sits in the Belvoir Forest Park in Belfast. It’s thought to be the oldest tree in Northern Ireland, and survives thanks to the intervention of tree specialists.
Major Oak is a thousand year old tree found in the Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. It’s so big, vertical poles stop the heavy branches collapsing.
Lincolnshire is home to the famous Bowthorpe Oak, which was probably already a young sapling the year William the Conqueror arrived. Given the damage done in 1768, it’s a wonder that this ancient oak has survived this long.
The ancient royal hunting grounds of Savernake in Wiltshire are home to Big Belly Oak, one of the UK’s oldest trees. But today the historic tree sits just inches from the fast moving traffic whizzing by.
The Ankerwycke Yew is about 2,500 years old, making it the oldest tree in England. Because there are older trees in Scotland and Wales, it is not the oldest tree in the UK. However, it’s worth remembering that this ancient tree was already 500 years old when the first Romans invaded Britain under the orders…
The Llangernyw Yew is more than 4,000 years old and is the oldest tree in Wales.
Part of our series on the oldest trees in the UK, this page introduces a video about the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, Scotland.
The UK has a surprising number of very ancient yew and oak trees, some of which survive from the Bronze Age. We take a look at the most venerable trees that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have to offer.