The Laund Oak
Over 600 years old
On Friday 9th September 2016 the wonderful Laund Oak was blown over by high winds in a storm. The Foresters covered the root ball with soil and thankfully its roots structure remained intact and this wonderful tree continues to leaf, just at a slightly different angle!
This spectacular tree is over 600 years old. It is thought to have been named after John of Laund who was the Prior from 1286 to 1330. In the 16th century the Laund Oak marked the point where the Forests of Barden and Knaresborough met.
The foresters on the Estate say this wonderful old tree used to produce some of the best acorns which, when replanted, have grown into fine trees.
The oak trees within Strid Wood are likely to have evolved and adapted to the area over thousands of years. To ensure this continues the foresters at Bolton Abbey gather the acorns off the woodland floor and send them away to a nursery where they are grown and returned as saplings to be planted in Strid Wood and other woodlands on the Estate.