#ThursdayTreeLove | Robin Hood’s Tree

So passed the seasons then, so they pass now, and so they will pass in time to come, while we come and go like leaves of the tree that fall and are soon forgotten. –Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Thanks to sheer exhaustion, I missed #ThursdayTreeLove last week, but I’m making up for it today by taking you on a brief trip to Sherwood Forest to get a glimpse of the magnificent  Major Oak.

I went to Sherwood Forest many, many moons ago and fell in love with the famed tree which the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men used as a hideout. I probably don’t need to tell you that this English professor loves visiting the actual places made famous [in my mind] by literature, so this was definitely a treat!

The [800 to] 1000-year-old tree is the largest tree in England. It is supported by stilts and has been so since the Victorian Age.

The original images [below] were shot with a film camera–a Canon Photura–in the days before digital cameras, but I had the roll digitized. It seems the digitized images lost their integrity over the years, so I edited them [above] for the post. [Click below to see larger images of the originals]

You can see better images and find out more information about the Major Oak of Sherwood Forest by clicking this link.

I am [usually] joining Parul Thakur for #ThursdayTreeLove every second and fourth Thursday of the month. [This is the third Thursday. Forgive me].  If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her latest #treelove post.

20 thoughts on “#ThursdayTreeLove | Robin Hood’s Tree

  1. mimionlife says:

    Very interesting. There is a huge oak tree on John’s Island SC. The Angel Oak tree is filled with history. There is an area to view the tree. Signs saying “Stay off of the tree” help keep the beauty of the tree.

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  2. Parul Thakur says:

    Wow! I never knew that tree exists. So cool and I love that they had taken care of the tree by supporting it. I loved the digitized version too. Looks like a painting. Thanks so much for joining, Chandra. Never late for tree love. I hope to see you back on the 24th!

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  3. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden) says:

    As old as Robin Hood. I live in the United States and have never been off the North American continent. I loved the story of Robin Hood so when I was growing up and I would just love to visit Sherwood Forest (when we can all travel safely again). One of your commenters had mentioned the Angel Oak of South Carolina, one of our Southern states – I have visited it twice and they (the Major Oak and Angel Oak) would make quite the pair.


    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Oh, I hope you do get to Sherwood Forest when this is all over. We hope to take a trip to the UK next year. Maybe, we’ll run into each other. ;-). I’ve added the Angel Oak to my nature bucket list.


  4. JoAnna says:

    The legend of Robin Hood inspires the imagination, doesn’t it? I always envied Maid Marion once she had the protection of Robin and the forest. This is one lucky tree to be deemed the official hideout of the Merry Men. I’m glad it’s well loved and cared for.

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