This is a gazetteer of the important and powerful trees that we have visited on our travels. I hope you may find the time to pay them a visit to see what you can learn from them too. More will be added as and when I encounter them.

See also: List of Great British Trees (Wikipedia)

Here’s a handy map of  the tree locations:


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Llangernyw Yew: 53.192293, -3.684810
Llanddeiniolen Yews: 53.170510, -4.177306
Portal Beech at Gradbach: 53.188994, -2.015777
Triple-trunk birch of Birchen Edge: 53.248995, -1.581994
Gog and Magog Oak Trees: 51.149957, -2.684676
West Kennett Guardian Oak: 51.412369, -1.851014
Nine Ladies Wishing Oak: 53.168181, -1.628435
Pontfadog Oak (destroyed): 52.938501, -3.142255
Crogen Oak: 52.937432, -3.117610
Major Oak of Sherwood: 53.204792, -1.072541
Hand Statue of Douglas Fir (destroyed): 52.782501, -3.484513
May Tree of Tara: 53.579971, -6.612976
Madron Willow: 50.139323, -5.575931
Fortingall Yew: 56.598177, -4.050243
Ankerwyke Yew: 51.443099, -0.556456
Sycamore Gap: 55.003613, -2.374077
Fraternal Four Yews: 54.500701, -3.184447


BIRCHES (associated with ‘Bard’ learning stage)

1.Birchen Edge

Through the birch tree canopy

Through the birch tree canopy

Location: All over the ridge along Birchen Edge, near Bakewell in Derbyshire, England. If you approach from the Robin Hood path then you will encounter the special triple-trunked birch tree at the foot of the ridge just as the path splits in two, and one path goes up the ridge to the top.

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2.Delamere Forest’s Bent-Over Birch

Bent Over Birch

Location: In the eastern Hart Hill side of Delamere Forest, near Delamere in Cheshire, England. Park just at the edge of Hatchmere village (after Blakemere Moss) and then find the last small dark path that heads east into the forest. The birch can be found by following the stream (on your left) a few hundred yards down the path as it begins to open up and round a long sweeping left-hand corner.

UPDATE: 2013Sadly this tree has been chopped up in order to make way for the cyclists. I’m not saying anything about that. You can probably imagine.

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YEWS (associated with ‘Ovate’ learning stage)

1. The Llangernyw Yew

The Oldest Tree in Wales

A 4000-5000 year old yew tree whose energies are the source of all the good, pleasant and pacifying feelings that pervade the surrounding church and graveyard.

Location: Llangernyw village churchyard, North Wales.

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OAKS (associated with ‘Druid’ learning stage)

1. Gog and Magog


Location: Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury, Somerset, Southern England. Down the hill on Paradise Lane near to Glastonbury Tor. Approach from White Spring. Walk past the Tor heading down the lane that continues on (don’t go right around the Tor). Head down the hill on Stone Down Lane towards Norwood Park Farm, and past a stile on the right near the bottom of the steepest part of the lane. Then, a few hundred yards further on the left is another stile next to a gate. Go over this stile along a track for about two hundred yards towards Wick Farm (and camp site). The trees are behind a hedge (which has an entry stile) just after a fork in the ways, and within sight of the back of the Tor.

UPDATE 2013: One of the tress has sadly died now, and is turning white. The contrast is amazing, but it is hoped that other trees will be planted to replace this mighty stalwart.

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2. West Kennett Guardian Tree

This tall and resplendent oak tree stands on its own at the edge of a hedged field, at the foot of the hill, just before the hill opens out into cultivated farmland on the approach to West Kennett Long Barrow. It is adorned with ribbons, bows, trinkets and baubles from admiring and respectful modern pagans. It has a sweet disposition and is very approachable. It will also be able to inform you as to whether you ought to visit the Long Barrow. Please be aware, if it says you should not then it is wise to adhere to this advice.

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West Kennet Guardian Tree

Location: On the approach to West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire, Southern England.

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3. The Wishing Tree Oak

Kal and I have had many encounters with this special tree. It is one of our favourites. It took a while to overcome its inherent distrust of us, and for us to see past its grumpiness, but once that ice is broken this tree is rather wonderful to know. It is constantly festooned in adornments of all types, from ribbons to special dedicatory notes and more. People seem to want to leave something here for this tree, and I suspect it sees a lot of visitors. Please take the time to get to know it if you pass that way. It’s got a good sense of humour once it gets going.

View from the Wishing Tree to the circle

View from the Wishing Tree to the circle

Location: Next to the Nine Ladies stone circle, Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, Northern England.

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4. The Pontfadog and Crogen Oaks

This sessile oak is estimated to be 1500 years old, as as such is the oldest oak tree in Wales. It has a huge girth and appears to be leaning towards the farmhouse below it, so who knows how much longer it will be allowed to remain standing? Its alternate name is “The Oak At The Gate of the Dead”. You are advised not the enter inside it as it is in poor condition.

Pontfadog Oak

Location: The Pontfadog Oak is located in the yard of a farm just above the village of Pontfadog (B4500 from Chirk, Wales). To get to it follow the small road up past the village pub, the Swan Inn, then take the first left – a narrow hedged road lined with the occasional old oak tree. When you reach a farm entrance on the right-hand side, walk along their entrance path until you reach the square yard next to the farmhouse. The oak is at the back of the yard in front of you.

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The Crogen Oak (know properly as “The Oak at the Gate of the Dead”) is now split in two. One half of it lies on the marshy damp forest floor whilst the other half remains defiant. A harsh winter frost caused the split. In the same small wooded area around the tree can be found several other old oaks of substantial size and girth. Sadly, this oak is now energetically dead, although it retains a small amount of biological life.

The local council have recently erected some information signs about how the oak came to be so named, and this celebrates a Welsh battle victory on this site.

The split Crogen Oak

Location: The Oak at the Gate of the Dead is located at the side of the B4500 just before the village of Pontfadog, near the town of Chirk. It is 200 yards beyond the Trout Fishery and Shop at the edge of the village. There is a path leading above it accessible from the road. Be prepared, as it stands in muddy ground next to a small stream.

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5. The Major Oak

This tree is famous throughout England as being one of the oldest trees in the land – certainly one of the oldest oak trees that we know of that has survived the ravages of time. It is in amazing shape considering its age, and clearly great care has been taken to preserve its form and bear its weight so that it doesn’t topple in the storms.

From an energetic point of view it is, however, pretty dormant. There are no spirits living in the tree, and instead the tree seems to have become a portal or repository for the admiration and renown energies that are directed towards it, which it takes and disperses throughout the remaining forest area. Despite this lack of sentience, the tree is a wonder to behold and well worth a visit.

The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Nottingham

Location: Signposted from the Visitor Centre in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England.

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1. The Tallest Douglas Fir Tree in Wales

Giant Douglas Firs - Lake Vyrnwy

Location: Alongside the Old Village Car Park, north shore of Lake Vyrnwy, Llanwyddn, Powys, North Wales.

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Related Posts: None. Here’s a link to a web site about the trees.

NEWS: Sadly, this particular tree has been felled! Here’s a link to information about this felling, and how steps are being taken to change the law to protect trees like this in future. [ENTS]. The good part of the story is that the tree has been carved into a statue of a hand reaching up to the sky. It is very beautiful, and a fitting tribute to a great tree,

Lake Vwynwy - Copy

2. The Lonely Rowan Tree

Pendle Hill - Oct09 (24)

Pendle Hill rowan

Location: Closest village is Barley near Nelson in Lancashire. On the Pendle Hill Circular Walks path, half way up the hill going through Boar Clough you can find the tree on its own – the last tree you will see before the peak.

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3. A Decorated Hawthorn Tree

We were slightly in awe of the amount of ribbons attached to this tree. I’d love to go back and try to get a clear photograph of it because all the ones I took (about four of them) all came out blurred! Very peculiar. The aura of this tree was also quite strong, and it gives off good vibes. I think it likes all the attention.

UPDATE: I re-visited the site of Long Meg in May 2011 and this tree has been cut down! Such a shame. I felt very sad, and said a late farewell to the spirit of the trees, wherever it had gone to now. There was a silent absence at the site.

Long Meg and her Daughters (1)

Hawthorn Wishing Tree at Long Meg

Location: At the entrance to the Long Meg and Her Daughters stone circle, near Glassonby and Little Salkeld villages, Cumbria, Northern England.

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4. A Hoary Apple tree
Found in the grounds of the Barden Priory restaurant, which is in the shadow of Barden Tower, this ancient apple tree is covered in deep lichen yet bristles with life and an air of uniqueness. I have rarely seen an apple tree growing at such an unusual angle, and one which is so obviously ancient. Who knows how long this tree has lived? It is remarkable.

An old and powerful apple tree

Location: In the grounds of the Barden Priest House restaurant, framing the entrance path to the restaurant, Barden village, in Yorkshire. You are wise to park up in the narrow lay-by at the roadside rather than risk the scorn of the proprietors of these establishments. Warning signs abound about inappropriate vehicular placement.
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5. The May Tree of Tara
There is the strong presence of this lonesome hawthorn tree at the far side of Tara’s hillside megalithic complex. Previously the seat of Kings of Ireland now the only king there is this wooden remnant of Nature’s crowning glory. I got to see the tree in full bloom and it was a real delight, which attracted many visitors whilst I was there.

May Tree at Tara

Location: The tree can be found at the top of the slope opposite the entrance to the Hill of Tara site. It is practically opposite the church and its walls. If you walk past the lonely Celtic cross you can’t miss it if you look down the slope a little way. You will see all of the devotional objects tied to its branches too. This hawthorn is covered in rags and other remembrances (clouties).
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Related posts: Hill of Tara – Part 1 – Retrieving the Earth Spirit


6. The Boswarthan Willow

Situated half way along the path to the Boswarthan Chapel and Madron Well, this well-loved willow is in one of the most idyllic settings that it’s possible to have. The shade of the tree in summer makes for a delightful dappled effect across a shallow trickling stream. Worth a visit if you’re down in west Cornwall.

Boswerthen Well - Solstice 2013 (3) (Large)

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Related posts:  Shielding Boswarthan Well and Chapel