The famous trees of the UK

The famous trees of the UK


Posted 11th Jan 2017 by Peter Byrne


Do you know the stories behind five of the UK's most famous trees?

There are plenty of magnificent trees right here in the UK and Forest Holidays has shared five with the most fascinating backstories.

The Flower of Kent Tree

This type of tree arguably changed the world and boasts one of the most important discoveries ever made. Legend says that Sir Isaac Newton sat under this tree when an apple fell and hit him on the head, leading him to establish the laws of gravity.

The tree is said to have fallen in a storm and has subsequently regrown on the site, and is still there to this day. It is from this tree that Sir Isaac Newton's Apple Tree has been propagated, offering a rare opportunity to grow a piece of history in your own garden. Each tree comes with certification that the tree has been DNA verified as a direct descendant of the original tree in Woolthorpe Manor Gardens.


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Ardmaddy Wishing Tree

Located in Ardmaddy Castle in Argyll this nearly-dead Hawthorn Tree is said to grant wishes if you embed a coin in the bark. This legend is so popular that the tree is now covered in hundreds of coins, although it is not known how many wishes have come true.


Credit: © Copyright Patrick Mackie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The King of Limbs

The famous King of Limbs tree can be found in the Savernake Forest in Wiltshire. It is speculated that Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour beneath the forest’s great oaks.


Credit: stocker1970

The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest

According to local folklore, The Major Oak was the hideout for Robin Hood and his merry men. This world-famous tree weighs an estimated 23 tonnes, measures 33ft across and is 92ft high, making it the biggest oak in the UK.


Credit: Kelvin Stewart

Birnam Oak

Said to be one of the only trees left in old Birnam Wood, this woodland was immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth in which the branches from the great Birnam Wood camouflaged the advancing army against Macbeth.


Credit: Botond Horvath

Lead image credit: Kelvin Stewart





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