Voting for #TreeOfTheYear
is now open! Now is your chance to vote for your favourite trees in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as we reveal the shortlists in our Tree of the Year contest (link in bio 🌳) One of England's shortlisted trees is this one, known as Wyndham’s Oak in Dorset. Said to be 1,000 years old with a girth of 9.79 metres, it possesses one of the largest girths of any tree in Dorset. Legend has it, the oak marked the boundary between Selwood Forest and the Forest of Gillingham.
So where did it get its name? Well, Judge Hugh Wyndham who purchased the manor of Silton in 1641 used to sit within the tree and smoke his pipe to relax and contemplate. He was the Justice of the Common Pleas in the time of Charles II, which is why the tree is also known as 'Judge's Tree'.
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