The Knightwood Oak
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The Knightwood Oak is the largest and possibly the oldest oak tree in the New Forest, Hampshire, southern England. It is also known as the Queen of the Forest. It is over 500 years old and has a girth of 7.38 metres (24.2 ft).
The tree is still growing. It was pollarded when about 200 years old and is thought to have been last pollarded about 150 years ago.
Pollarding is a method of tree management, which was used throughout the New Forest in ancient times. A pollarded tree is one that has been cut a couple of metres above ground level, promoting outward growth of fresh branches rather than the single main trunk continuing upwards, thus forcing growth of numerous new branches and increasing the yield of timber from the tree.
Date: 13th May 2012.