Blen­heim Palace

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It is im­pos­si­ble not to be ex­cited by the dis­cov­ery of a tree that has been a wit­ness to pretty well all of Eng­land's his­tory. It turns out that the mag­nif­i­cence of Blen­heim Palace is dwarfed by an an­cient oak tree in its High Park. Planted around 970 AD, this vet­eran was an acorn when the Saxon King Edgar the Peace­ful was on the throne; it stood in Henry I's hunt­ing for­est, sur­vived be­ing chopped down for ship­build­ing in the Napoleonic Wars, and has been in the care of the Dukes of Marl­bor­ough since 1705. At 1,046 years old, it is part of the old­est oak wood in Europe, 60 of its neigh­bours' date to the Mid­dle Ages. The dis­cov­ery of its na­tional sig­nif­i­cance was made by botanist Aljos Far­jon, an as­so­ciate of Kew Gar­dens, who con­firms that “There is no other place in Eng­land that has so many an­cient oaks in one site”.

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