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66. Meavy Oak
Said to be Devon’s oldest oak tree, the Meavy Oak grows in a quaint village close to an appropriately named pub.
Make for Meavy, a small Dartmoor village with a fine pub (the Royal Oak), a great vantage point from where to admire the Meavy Oak, the settlement's chief attraction. It is said to be 900 years old which, if so, makes it Devon's oldest oak. Edwardian antiquarian Sabine Baring-Gould described how villagers would clip the tree, construct a platform over it and embellish it with tables and chairs for the annual fete. The mind boggles.
Where to find it
Other pedunculate oaks
This Sunday: Guided Tree Walk
If you’re in London, why not join me in Southwark Park for a guided tree walk this Sunday. Southwark Park is a large Victorian park with a host of interesting trees. We will leave the café next to the Gallery at 2:00. It’s free! Nearest tube station: Canada Water, and the Gomm Road entrance is closest to the café.
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