Ardmaddy Wishing Tree
Located in Ardmaddy Castle in Argyll this nearly-dead Hawthorn Tree is said to grant wishes if you embed a coin in the bark. This legend is so popular that the tree is now covered in hundreds of coins, although it is not known how many wishes have come true.
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Also known as the ‘Robin Hood’ tree following its appearance in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sycamore Gap is one of the most photographed trees in the UK. It’s easy to see why as it grows in a dramatic dip alongside Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. It was also named England’s ‘Tree of the Year’ in 2016.
Credit: Kevin Tate
If only trees could talk, this ancient yew would have plenty to tell us! A remarkable 2,500 years old, Ankerwycke Yew is the National Trust’s oldest tree and, according to popular belief, Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn beneath its branches.
Credit: © Copyright Stefan Czapski
Spanish Chestnut Avenue, Croft Castle
Less a single tree and more of an avenue of beautiful sweet chestnut trees that spread a full kilometre west of Croft Castle in Herefordshire. Legend has it that these nearly 300 veteran trees were grown from nuts that came from the wrecked Spanish Armada.
Credit: Geoff White
Old Knobbley, Essex
Time for something a little more sinister – Old Knobbley in Mistley, Essex, dates back to the 13th Century and could have been a sanctuary for hunted witches. The Mistley area of Essex was home to ‘Witch-finder General’ Matthew Hopkins in the 17th Century and it’s understood that many accused ‘witches’ would have sought refuge in its boughs.
Credit: David Sands
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