Friday 15 February 2019

Pagan Eye: The West Wickham Oak

This is one of London's oldest trees - the West Wickham Oak. Although it stands not too many miles from where I live in south east London, I have to admit I have never visited it. This picture was sent to me by Nathalie Andrews, who was passing through the area and looked for the tree.

Nathalie said: "The West Wickham Oak dates from the thirteenth century - 800 years ago. Now on private land but visible behind a fence. A small plaque tells you what it is, but I had to look it up to find its age. It is one of the most ancient trees in London."

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. I'm not quite sure what I'll be including - it could be a seasonal image, a pagan site, an event, or just a pretty picture.

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The photo is copyright Nathalie Andrews.

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1 comment:

John Heard said...

This ancient tree is a short walk from where I live, so I see it often. Unlike many ancient trees that appear to be clinging on to life by the skin of their teeth (so to speak), the West Wickham Oak is very much alive and in full leaf; I reckon that it has a few centuries still to go! It is in Woodland Way, and only a few metres from the road, so can easily be seen by anyone interested.