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Bishops Knoll Sessile OakVotes : 59

Sessile Oak  Quercus petraea  Find it on BristolTrees

Submitted by The Woodland Trust

This remarkable oak tree is one of the biggest in Bristol, yet it is the least well known. The jaw-dropping Sessile oak mirrors every child-like image of an ancient oak tree, but its history is as mysterious as the gigantic branches and hollows that tower over its huge main trunk. It now sits in Bishops Knoll - a small Woodland Trust wood in a quiet corner of Stoke Park, Bristol. But the wood was once a former medieval deer park gifted by Henry VIII, and later became the grounds and gardens of a large 19th Century estate house called The Knoll, which also used as a hospital for First World War soldiers returning from the trenches. Its age is a mystery as estimates vary from 300-900 years old, and its strong multi-stemmed thick branches still grow tremendously, whereas most other ancient oaks of its size have long lost their limbs. Is it a veteran pollard on the most fertile soil? Or an old bundle planting of a handful of oak saplings now grown intertwined? Or just an ancient herculean colossus?

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by Woodland Trust - JM on 30 May 2018