The ancient world of Oak trees

September 30, 2020 1:49 pm

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Oak trees have been around for thousands of years and they have become so legendary that they even form part of our oral history. The great oak tree in Sherwood Forest that is thought to have sheltered Robin Hood and his band of men is often visited by people and the story is retold over and over again.

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Oak is wood that has also been used for many years in the construction of many different items from furniture right through to ships. Oak was the preferred wood to use for ship building as it is an incredible strong wood. If you are looking for options for a wood project that you are considering you should take a look at what Southampton Timber Merchants like Timbco have to offer.

 

A fully grown oak tree can reach an incredible height of around 45 metres or 148 feet and their canopies stretch outwards as well. It is thought that oak trees first made an appearance on the planet over 65 million years ago which makes them one of the most ancient trees that we still see across our countryside today. One of the reasons that they have been around for so long is that an individual tree can live up to 1,000 years old and they are not considered old until they have reached 700 years of age.

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The seeds of an oak tree are known as acorns and a single tree can produce over 10 million of them in its lifetime which is an incredible amount of acorns. These not only go on to grow new oak trees but are also an important food source for forest animals.