The Darley Oak

The Darley Oak

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Caption: The Darley Oak is an oak tree (Quercus robur) which grows near Darleyford on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, UK. This ancient tree is thought to be at least 1, 000 years old. The Darley Oak at Darley Farm has a circumference of twelve metres. Conservationists have warned that diseases such as ash dieback and acute oak decline have put at risk trees that have stood as "stalwarts" of their communities for centuries. Described as the natural equivalent of listed buildings, trees such as the Darley oak, which has stood on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall for as many as 1, 000 years, play a valuable role in boosting biodiversity, as well as featuring in ancient folklore and culture. Much folklore has built up around this tree which has reputedly has healing properties.

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Keywords: acute oak decline, ancient, ancient tree, ash dieback, biodiversity, bodmin moor, cornwall, folklore, oak, oak tree, tree, wood

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