So how old is the Oak? Armed with a tape measure and an insatiable curiosity I set out to discover the age of Oakamoors fabled tree. I had read online that if you measure a tree at a certain point, you can apply some sort of formula and estimate its age without having to cut the tree in two. Seems simple enough, right?
Ok, so anyone who has seen the Oak will attest to its size. It is a big tree, and I could not safely get all of the way around it with the tape measure. I had an audience to which didn’t help. So, I did what all plucky investigators do and took an estimated guess.
The point in which I was required to measure lay half underground so took measurements from further up and added a little on. I admit I’m no tree scientist but all considered the girth of the tree at the required point is around 40 feet. Yikes.
Applying the magic age formula to that measurement dates the oak at approximately 1400 years old. That is pretty old. It is clearly the oldest tree in the area by some margin and it’s planting would fall right when Paganism was on the wane in the area, give or take one hundred years.
I also noticed that the front of the tree had been dug out and that the ground level would have been much higher than how it appears now. When or why the front of the tree was dug out is a mystery, one can only assume it was to promote easier access to the site and thus the worn steps were added at this time. Were the chains added at this time too? Difficult to say but what is clear is that the tree is old and held some degree of significance to somebody.
As for the old Oak and I, I feel we are done now. She needs to be left in peace. She is tired of her stardom now.
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