Trees are an important part of the planet and are often referred to as the lungs of the Earth. Back in ancient times, trees were highly revered, and the druids attributed many powers to different types of tree. Sadly nowadays, in many parts of the world many trees are being lost.
Many of us know the joy that having trees around us can bring. Walking in the woods is a calming experience, and if you have a tree in the garden, it is a joy to watch it through the seasons. If you do have a garden tree, make sure that you take care of it correctly, and get the help of a professional like this tree surgery Gloucester based company geoffreyurchcontracts.co.uk/residential-gardens/tree-surgery/tree-surgeon-gloucester/ to keep it healthy.
In the UK, we have many trees, but some of these are particularly special natural landmarks. Here are a few of our notable trees that you might want to visit…
Wistmans Wood – Head to mysterious Dartmoor to see one of the most enchanting woodlands in the UK. This ancient woodland has trees that are old and strangely shaped. Growing in the mossy and rocky woodland, it makes it a strange experience in the middle of Dartmoor. Wistmans wood is also said to be haunted, and when you wander through here it is easy to see why.
Sycamore Gap – This tree grows in a dip next to Hadrian’s Wall and is one of the most photographed trees in Britain. It became famous when it made an appearance in the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. It is thought to be hundreds of years old although its exact age is not actually known for certain.
The Llangernyw Yew – Yew trees are known for their long lives and also the fact that they are highly toxic. These ancient and mysterious trees have long been associated with death, which is why they are often found in church yards. The Llangernyw Yew is believed to be the oldest of these beautiful trees and it is found in a churchyard in North Wales. It is believed to be between 4000 and 5000 years old, so was there long before the churchyard.
The Flower of Kent Tree – This tree resides in the grounds of Woolsthrope Manor in Lincolnshire, and it is famed for a famous event which happened right underneath it centuries ago. This apple tree is the very one which led to the discovery of gravity by Isaac Newton when he saw an apple fall from it.
The Royal Oak – One of Britain’s most popular pub names is the Royal Oak and it is inspired by the famous tale of King Charles taking refuge in an Oak Tree. The tree which stands there today in the grounds of Boscobel house is actually known as the son of royal oak, as the original tree was destroyed in the 18th Century by people taking parts of it as a souvenir.