One of the most enduring symbols of the English Countryside is the native oak tree. These beautiful trees which are surrounded by thousands of years of legend are also home to a huge variety of creatures as well as being a source of food for many animals. In fact, it supports more species of plant and animal than any other tree in Britain!
Oak trees are enormous trees and if you are lucky enough to have one on your land then it is a good idea to keep it in good health – a professional like this tree surgeon Gloucester based Geoffrey Urch will be able to help you with this.
The most usual place that you will find one of these magnificent trees is in deciduous woodland. Known as the king of the woods, legend has it that the oak tree in fact rules over the period of time from the winter solstice to the summer solstice – the lighter half of the year – when he gives up the throne at midsummer to the Holly King who rules the darker months.
This is just one of many legends about this enduringly beautiful and ancient tree, and it shows how long it has not only existed for, but how revered it has been for thousands of years. It’s long life and ability to withstand so much earned it the reputation for strength, and it was lucky for couples long ago to be married beneath an oak tree, and it is also the reason why the crowns of the Roman Emperors were made from the Oaks leaves.