King Oak

Species: pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
Age: 400-800 years
Region: Charleville Forest Estate, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland

Most Tullamore inhabitants have interacted with the King Oak at some time in their lives. To climb its majestic lower branches - that now touch the ground and stretch to an amazing 50 meters was a sign of great courage. Teenage romances started and ended at this mysterious giant tree. "As a young boy growing up in Tullamore, my fascination with the King Oak was tinged with fear. As children we were told that if a branch fell from the tree a member of the Hutton-Bury family – the owners of Charleville Estate, would die. In 1963, a bolt of lightening did strike the tree and true to legend, Colonel Charles Hutton-Bury died some weeks later." remembers the nominator of the King Oak Tom Roche from Just Forests. Long live the King (Oak)!
Tree of the year 2013
5785 votes
3rd place
Nominated by:
National contest organizer: Just Forests