(01a) English Oak

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  • Species
    • English Oak
  • Botanical Name
    • Quercus rober
  • Location
    • Along the footpath to the left of Oakfield Junior School towards Kennel Lane recreation ground.
    • Grid Reference: TQ 14561, 55719
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.289093, -0.35852366
      What3Words: puts.fumes.puff
  • Girth (circumference of trunk at 1.5m height)
    • 4.7 meters
  • Estimated Age
    • 270 years
  • Identification
    • Mature oaks are large, spreading trees with a dense crown and a grey and fissured trunk. Leaves are deeply lobed on very short stalks and the separate male and female flowers or catkins appear in the spring with the new leaves. Like all other oaks, the English oak reproduces by means of acorns. They sit in cups and are held on long stalks.
  • About this species
    • Oaks bear their first crop of acorns at around 10 years old. Every 2-5 years they produce a bumper crop of acorns - this is known as a "mast year".
    • The English oak supports more wildlife than any other native tree species in the UK; even its fallen leaves support biodiversity - 2,300 species supported by oak, 326 species depend on oak for survival, 229 species rarely found on trees other than oak. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/.../a-z-of.../english-oak/
    • The Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) is a species of moth with caterpillars that nest on oak trees. The caterpillars are covered in small hairs which can cause health risks in humans. OPM has now spread to Surrey's oak trees. To minimise health risks:
  • Local information
    • 270 years ago, Fetcham Cottage was built. This tree is on the edge of the land that belonged to Fetcham Cottage then and may have been planted as a boundary tree. At 270 years old this one is nearing maturity.

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