The Diamond Jubilee Fenland Black Oak Project - A Gigantic 5,000 Year Old Oak Tree
Link: The Diamond Jubilee Fenland Black Oak Project - A gigantic 5,000 year old oak tree. An extraordinary challenge. An unprecedented masterpiece. A gift to the nation.
... a unique 5,000 year old sub-fossilised trunk of an ancient giant oak (Fenland Black Oak or bog oak) was discovered in the Fens near Ely on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk boarder...
...Hamish Low said on first sight of this tree:
ďI have been processing bog oaks for 20 years and when I saw this one it took my breath away, not just because of itís size but due to the degree of itís preservation. I actually think that this tree is of national importance because it gives us the opportunity to mill and dry planks of this unprecedented size, we can then use them to create an incredible table top 44ft long out of the nations rarest and most precious native hardwood. This will give an insight into the majesty and grandeur of these ancient high forests. In short, we can hopefully create an unprecedented masterpiece and give it to the nation to be put on public display..."