Botanist discovers Europe's largest collection of ancient oaks

Botanist discovers Europe’s largest collection of ancient oaks

At least 60 oak trees dating back to the Middle Ages, some more than 30 feet in circumference, were found near England’s Blenheim Palace.

Michael d’Estries

 Oak trees

Some 60 ancient oaks, with a handful estimated to be more than 900 years old, were discovered on the grounds of Blenheim Palace in England. (Photo: Blenheim Palace/Facebook)

For more than 300 years, Blenheim Palace, one of England’s largest homes, has stood guard over countless historical treasures, artwork, and more than 2,000 acres of rolling forests and lavish gardens. As botanist Aljos Farjon recently discovered, the country manor has also been protecting a very old secret: the largest collection of ancient oaks in Europe. Read more.