|Grid reference||ST 18558 79262|
|Common name||Common oak|
|Common name||English oak|
|Height||18M January 2015|
|Girth||444cm, January 2015|
|Age in 2015||Approx. 236 years|
This tree predates the park. Before the lake and bye-wash were created, the course of the Nant Fawr brook went under what is now the middle of the promenade and then flowed in a loop which took in most of the present-day children's playground. It was lined with trees, one of which was this oak tree.
General tree description
Quercus robur is a large deciduous tree with a wide spreading crown. In maturity it can reach a height of 20 to 40 metres, and a girth of over 4 metres, exceptionally 12 metres. It has a long lifespan and commonly lives to several hundred years old. There are examples of Quercus robur reaching ages of more than a thousand years. The leaves are around 10cm long with 4-5 deep lobes with smooth edges, and they have very short stalks. Flowering occurs in mid spring, and the fruits, in the form of acorns, ripen in autumn. They come singly or in groups of up to three in cups on a slender stalk.
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