The Major Oak is a pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) found in Sherwood forest, Nottinghamshire. About 800 years old, according to folklore its hollow trunk was used as a hideout by Robin Hood and his merry men. The tree weighs 23 tonnes, its trunk circumference is 33 feet (10m) and its branches spread to over 92 feet (28m). Conservation measures have been carried out continually since 1908. Today, slender steel poles prop the sprawling limbs of this forest giant, which is visited annually by thousands of people. `[The Guardian]
In 2014, it was voted ‘England’s Tree of the Year’ in a public poll run by the Woodland Trust
In 2003, in Dorset a plantation was started of 260 saplings grown from acorns of the Major Oak. The purpose was to provide a focal point for an Internet-based study of the Major Oak, its history, photographic record, variation in size and leafing of the saplings, comparison of their DNA, and an eventual public amenity.
Photograph: Nottinghamshire County Council