Oldest oak trees in Europe – level 3

21-09-2023 15:00

People discovered a Blenheim Palace, which is just out of Oxford and the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, that there is another piece of history. There is a unique group of oaks on its grounds.

Being around 920-years-old, the ancient oak trees date back to the Normans, having survived two world wars, a civil war and the Middle Ages. The trees were babies in the 12th century when Henry I, the son of William the Conqueror, hunted there. Now, the trees are roughly 9 metres around.

The head of the estate said that it is not only the age of the oaks but also their quantity in one single area on one single type of soil that is significant in Britain, as well as in Europe and around the world.

Difficult words: ancestral (passed from generation to generation), ancient (very old), Normans (a group of Vikings),  estate (the area around a house), significant (important).

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