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Eastham Park oak

This weeks tree can be found on a ferry 'cross the Mersey...

10 October 2008

This week's acorn gathering site can be found on the Wirral in Merseyside. Eastham Country Park can be found on the banks of the River Mersey and has associations with the river dating back as far as the Middle Ages.

The tree itself is affectionately known by the locals as the "500 year old oak" - presumably for the obvious reason! It is one of many species that can be found in the broad-leaved woodland, but is certainly the oldest.

Back in its earlier days the park was used as a base to launch ferries to and fro across the Mersey, operated by monks from the nearby Abbey of St. Werburgh. In the following years a hotel and pleasure gardens were built on the park and paddle steamers traversed the river. Sadly during the early 20th century the park fell into a state of disrepair, but it is now again a popular recreational ground.

Link to Eastham Park oak tree

Eastham Park oak. Photo ATH/David Rome.