The Gilwell Oak
Species: Common oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: 450-550years years
Region: London, England, United Kingdom
The Gilwell Oak is synonymous with scouting
The Gilwell Oak is synonymous with scouting. It sits at the heart of Gilwell Park in Epping, the home of the scouting movement conceived by Robert Baden Powell. The towering oak was adopted by Powell as a neat analogy in 1929 for not only the growth of the scouting movement worldwide, which began with a small trial camp some 21 years earlier, but as a message to young scouts that big things are possible from modest starts.