Robin Hood And The Oak

English Oak or Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur, The Major Oak, Nottingham Forest

I took these photographs of the Major Oak of Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, with an old pop in a roll of film camera back in the Easter of 1992. I thought this might be an interesting supplement to my previous post about the English Oak.

English Oak or Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur, The Major Oak, Nottingham Forest

Although the age of the tree is not accurate to estimate, but it is believed to be between 800 to 1,000 years old, hence the added supports from preventing the huge limbs of the oak from breaking off under their own weight and during stormy weather. It is a giant tree by all standards. It is estimated to weigh 23 tons, has a girth of 10 metres, and a height of 16 metres. It has a canopy spread of 28 metres. Its odd shape and giant size has led to specualtion that this may be several trees fused together when they were saplings.

English Oak or Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur, The Major Oak, Nottingham Forest

Legend has it that Robin Hood hid inside the hollow of the Major Oak whilst being persued by his enemies.