OLD OAK TREES. – The Oldest
Oak in England stands in the most ancient park, belonging to the Duke
. It is called the Parliamentary
, for it is said that Edward I. held a Parliament under its branches.
It is supposed to be 1500 years old. Another remarkable oak is at Welbeck
Abbey in Nottinghamshire, which is famous for its oaks. This tree
is called `The Duke’s Walking Stick.’ It is 112 feet high.
Three others of these noble trees claim attention for their extraordinary
size and longevity, of which the Greendale
is the largest. Through its trunk a coach road is cut, and its
branches cover a space of 708 square yards. The Two Porters standing
near one of the park entrances are each 100 feet high; the third is
called the Seven Sisters, from its having seven stems rising 90 feet
in height from the trunk. – The Cathorpe Oak, in Yorkshire, is
noted as being the largest oak in England. Its girth is 78 feet –
The Half Holiday.