The Oak at the Gate of the Dead
Species: pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
Age: 1000 years
Region: Wrexham, Wales
In 1165 an invading English army was ambushed by Welsh forces in the wooded Ceiriog Valley. A brutal battle ensued and the dead were buried nearby, at the ‘Gap of the Graves’, or Adwy’r Meirwon in Welsh. The only living witness to this battle, the battle of Crogen, is this oak tree. Standing where it does, by a public highway, on the Offa’s Dyke Path and on the site of a famous battle, it is a well-known landmark and much valued by the local community. It is now something of a celebrity, having featured on many TV programmes. It even has its own Facebook page, one of the first trees in the world to do so!
Photo: Rob McBride{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2014
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9th place 
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust Wales
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2014

The Old Elm
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1st place 
The Giant Wild Pear of Gödöllő
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2nd place 
Wybicki Oak at Będomin
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3rd place 
Zechenter´s Garden Oak
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4th place 
The Guardian Oak of Višňová
Czech Republic
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5th place 
The Bonsai Oak in Begard
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6th place 
Niel Gow's Oak
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7th place 
The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
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8th place 
The Oak at the Gate of the Dead
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9th place 
The Tree of Perfect Gaiety
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10th place 
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