Monday, 19 September 2016

King John's Oak, an 800 year old Veteran English Oak tree in the medieval deer park at Shute >>> >>> vote for the Woodland Trust Tree of the Year Award

The oak is a very special tree:
Futures Forum: The Oak @ Natural Histories on BBC Radio 4
Futures Forum: The oak tree @ BBC4 ... and @ Sidmouth Science Festival

The King John's Oak at Shute appeared on this evening's Spotlight on BBC One:
BBC iPlayer - Spotlight - Evening News: 19/09/2016

And now the Woodland Trust have launched a competition - with the East Devon AONB asking for your vote:

King Johns Oak needs your vote

Shute Primary School have nominated our very own King Johns Oak, an 800 year old  Veteran English Oak tree in the medieval deer park at Shute, for the Woodland Trust Tree of the Year Award. This could win a Care Package to help this magnificent tree survive for a few more hundred years. It is an online ballot so you can vote at England's Tree of the Year - Woodland Trust

For over 800 years King Johns Oak has grown in the medieval deer park at Shute, whilst the world changed around it. It witnessed King John hunting in the park thinking about his troubled reign, 400 years later the grounds it sat in were confiscated by Queen Mary as they belonged to the family of the recently be-headed challenger for the throne of England the  9 day queen Lady Jane Grey  . Meanwhile the landscape changed around it and so did the world, it has survived through the Battle of Trafalgar , two World Wars, the invention of steam engines, electricity and the internet and still it sits peacefully within the Deer Park. 

The King Johns Oak is now a magnificent tree, very different to most people’s vision of a tree but a great resource for people to learn about the importance of veteran trees, their longevity, the unique life that they support and their future in the landscape. Shute Primary School have adopted this ancient giant of a tree and are determined to bring it to local people’s attention. 

It needs help as it is surrounded by bramble which is out competing the tree for nutrients and water, is shaded by nearby trees, we also wish to take some grafts so preserve its genetic heritage to plant out in the deer park and surrounding area.

Please take time to vote for our local tree.

BBC Spotlight are featuring King Johns Oak tonight Monday September 19th on their 6.30 pm programme.

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See also:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Arboretum: The Value of Trees

Futures Forum: Exeter Tree Tales >>> from Common Ground

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