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"From little acorns big oak trees grow."

"Druids in Celtic Britain held the oak tree sacred, and gathered mistletoe from its boughs for their secret rites.
Ever since those days, the English oak (Quercus robur) has been the 'king' of British trees.

Not for nothing did the botanists name it 'robur', 'sturdy', for until men devised iron cutting tools the oak resisted all attempts to fell it.

Its timber later became the foremost construction material, for it was strong and durable and could be grown into the curved shapes suitable for the cruck frames of houses and the frame supports of ships.

By the time of Elizabeth I, felling of oak trees had become so extensive that laws had to be passed to protect the tree.
Later the demands of the navy led to extensive planting of oaks in royal forests; many of the trees planted for this purpose survive today to give pleasure to the anyone visiting the countryside.

The acorns were once an animal foodstuff of prime importance, feeding the pigs that were turned loose in the forest in the autumn.

Even in winter the oak supports many forms of life. Insect larvae hibernate in its bark."
(Field guide to trees and shrubs of Britain.)

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