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Friday, 5 November 2010

The Old Oak Tree

There are around thirty-two native trees in Britain; one is the most English of trees and this is the oak. An oak can live four to five hundred years, although some are estimated to be 800 to a 1000 years old. When oaks are this old they are often seen with bands or supports of some sort, helping to keep them together and taking some of the weight of their branches.  They're also usually hollow at this age.
Where I live, there are many oak trees; one in particular is at the back of our house, in the centre of a field. We call it 'The Old Oak Tree'.  It has lost quite a few branches in high winds, but it's still majestic and I love sitting beneath its twisted branches.
At this time of year, the leaves are amber and look stunning against a blue sky or even with the lush green grass as pictured here…

That's our house in the background.

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