In the middle of Sherwood forest, there is a rather famous tree; it is believed to be central to the myth of Robin Hood. While one of the most well-known, it is not the only tree of historical importance in the world. Here are more trees that have historical and mythological importance; showing some of the reasons you need a tree survey conducted to see whether you have a special tree in your yard.
The Arbre du Tenere was a very singular tree that sat on its own in the Sahara Desert. The origins of the tree are unknown and it is notable because of its isolated position. Records of the tree go back to 1934, but it was unfortunately destroyed in 1973. Possibly more notable on the African continent is the Sunland Baobab. This tree is thought to be over a thousand years old and is noted not just of its age and size, but also because it has a pub in its hollow. Imagine finding a tree like this during a BS5837 tree survey. In Asia, there are a group of trees, situated in the Lebanon, known as the Sisters Olive Trees of Noah. Of unknown age and origin, they are considered by believers to be the source of the olive branch in the Biblical story of Noah. Can you imagine an inspector having to write that in their tree survey? At the other end of the age scale, there is a tree in Israel named Methuselah, the tree is a Judean date palm, which was formally extinct. The tree was spouted from a seed that was around 2000 years old. The tree itself has been rowing for around 12 years; a prime example that age isn’t everything when it comes to a tree report.
Closer to home in Europe, there are plenty of other examples of trees that would certainly be worthy of a tree consultant survey, if not a preservation order. Old Tjkko is the name of a Norway Spruce in Dalarna, Sweden. At 9550 years’ old, it is the oldest known clonal tree in the world. Ireland also has its share of important and ancient trees. The Ballyconnell Yew sits in the grounds of Ballyconnell House, County Cavan and is thought to be over 2000 years’ old. It is also notable for its extremely wide girth. The Florencecourt Yew in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland is believed to be the fountain tree of all Irish Yews outside of Ireland. Imagine taking part in a tree report for planning purposes and finding that the trees were related to this one tree in Ireland, following its commercial propagation in 1820. England’s oldest tree is believed to be a Yew tree situated in Stoke Gabriel Churchyard in Devon, and an Oak in Hertfordshire as very royal connection. The Queen Elizabeth Oak in the grounds of the Royal Palace of Hatfield is the location where Elizabeth I was told she would be Queen of England. The tree itself is in the region of a thousand years’ old and must be a perfect specimen for a tree inspection report.
While you are unlikely to find a tree of Biblical importance in your back garden during a tree survey, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything of local, social or historical significance sitting staring at you. If you don’t ask a professional to find out you will never know. And even if not, ensuring that the trees on your property are safe and healthy now may give them the opportunity to be central to history in your children’s or even grandchildren’s lifetimes.