The Allerton Oak

Species: Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
Age: 500+ years years
Region: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Liverpool’s living history

The Allerton Oak grows in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park. According to legend, judges in medieval times would meet under the branches of the tree, as they lacked a courthouse. Legend also states that the crack in the tree appeared in 1864 when a ship carrying gunpowder on the Mersey exploded. It was heard 30 miles away, and smashed thousands of windows. In World War two, Christmas cards containing leaves from the oak were sent to Liverpool parks staff who were fighting abroad – a reminder of home.
Tree of the year 2020
16449 votes
7th place
Nominated by: Supporters of The Allerton Oak
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust