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 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.