The Old Oak Tree, Pontfadog, Ceiriog Valley, Wrexham, Wales
Posted by: Ddraig Ddu
N 52° 56.303 W 003° 08.533
30U E 490441 N 5865426
Quick Description: In Pontfadog lives the oldest oak tree in Britain which was spared when King Henry II had his men cut down the Ceiriog Woods in 1165. Fortunately the woods recovered, as they have done since being permanently covered in dust from local quarrying.
Location: North Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/21/2011 5:08:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMAJF1
This sessile oak is estimated to be at the very least 1500 years old, as as such is the oldest oak tree in Wales. It has a huge girth and is leaning towards the farmhouse below it. An exact age cannot be determined as the hollow at the centre has rotted away the first rings of growth. The age is estimated from the girth of the tree.
I advise against going into the hollow or trying the enter it as it is in poor condition, and would be a bad idea for both you and the tree. However a picture can be captured from beside it as their is a public right of way which goes right past it.
The tree is held together prolonging its life as the hollow has grown to such a point that it needs the support to keep the top of the tree alive.
It was such an icon in the landscape even 12th century that Owain Gwynedd rallied his army to it and went on to defeat Henry ll at the battle of Crogan a mile away on the Welsh-English border near Chirk.
Genus/Species: Sessile Oak
Method of obtaining height: Sighting along a 45 degree angle
Method of obtaining girth: Tape
Location type: Private property
It was such an icon in the landscape even 12th century that Owain Gwynedd rallied his army to it and went on to defeat Henry ll at the battle of Crogan a mile away.
Website reference: [Web Link]
Parking coordinates: N 52° 56.261 W 003° 08.631
Walk time: 10
Photograpy coordinates: Not Listed
A closeup picture of your GPS receiver in your hand, with the tree in the background, is required. If the tree is on private property, this closeup photograph with the tree in the background may be taken from the nearest public vantage point without actually going to the tree.
The required photograph does not need to show the entire tree, but the individual tree must be recognizable.
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