Major Oak – The hiding place of Robin Hood in Edwinstowe

A legendary heroic outlaw originally depicted in English folklore and subsequently featured in literature and film. According to legend, he was a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Traditionally depicted dressed in Lincoln green, he is said to have robbed from the rich and given to the poor. The historicity of Robin Hood is not proven and has been debated for centuries.

A large English oak in the midst of Sherwood Forest, according to local folklore, it was Robin Hood’s shelter where he and his merry men slept.

The Major Oak has been voted Britain’s favorite tree multiple times / Image source

The Major Oak is the biggest oak tree in Britain, with a canopy spread of 28 meters, a trunk circumference of 11 meters and an estimated weight of 23 tones. It’s not clear whether the Major Oak is one tree or multiple saplings that have fused together. The soil below is also relatively poor and acidic, meaning the oak has had to take things steady, slowly growing over a long time to reach this size. It seems to have grown up in a clearing for most of its life, being able to grow outwards without having to compete against other trees. This is what allowed the Major Oak to spread its great boughs and fill as much space as possible. Whilst no one knows an exact age, is about 800–1000 years old.

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