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Location type: Tree
Location address: United Kingdom, Newark and Sherwood
Number of texts: 2
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The Major Oak is a large English oak tree near the village of Edwinstowe in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England. According to local folklore, it was Robin Hood’s shelter where he and his merry men slept. It weighs an estimated 23 tons, has a girth of 33 feet (10 metres), and is about 800–1000 years old. In a 2002 survey, it was voted “Britain’s favourite tree”.

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The Major Oak is a pedunculate oak found in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England. Around 800 years old, according to folklore its hollow trunk was used as a hideout by Robin Hood and his merry men. Today, the world famous tree weighs an estimated 23 tonnes, its trunk circumference is 33 feet (10m) and its branches spread to over 92 feet (28m). Because of its national importance, conservation measures to the tree 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 at Nottinghamshire County Council’s Sherwood Forest Country Park.

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