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.
Tree of the year 2018
12955 votes
5th place
Nominated by: Caroline Pantling
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust