Countryfile Magazine - In the name of the oak

A walking guide exploring Savernake Forest, providing a history and step by step guided walk around the woodland to see several of the ancient named trees.

“Nestled a few miles south of the historic town of Marlborough, this sprawling 4,500-acre forest is teeming with ancient trees, several of which have been bestowed with individual names that reflect their age and history. Once a hunting forest where royalty chased stags past trees that still stand today, it is now in private ownership (but publicly accessible and managed by the Forestry Commission) and believed to hold the highest concentration of veteran trees in Europe, including the imposing Big Belly Oak, the oldest oak in Britain.”

Excerpt from Countryfile Magazine, September 2018, words only