Updated: Jul 10
“The acorn does not know that it will become a sapling. The sapling does not remember when it was an acorn, and only dimly senses that it will become a mighty oak. The oak recalls fondly when it was a sapling, loves being a mighty oak, and joyfully creates new acorns.” ― J. Earp
What a glorious sound and sight that is, standing tall over camp, our giant English oak is a big part of life here, we believe she has stood here for over 100 years.
This morning, she is alive with the sounds of birds calling and bees circling. Its no surprise to know that Oak trees are considered so vital in their role in supporting hundreds of life forms. That may seem a lot but, not only are oaks home to many many insect species, they also supply birds with food sources, and later in the year when leaves fall, the leaves provide mulch for beetles as well as acorns becoming a food source for deer and squirrels visiting camp.
Each year an Oak will lose over half its leaves to insects and according the the Woodland Trust, a 400 year old oak can support 2,000 different types of birds (and bats!), lichen and fungi and produces 234,000 litres of oxygen a year.
But, our oak is not only vital to nature, its also vital to us with the wellbeing provided by being around her.
She's been danced under, swung from, provided shelter from the rain, and shade from the sun, she's watched over yoga sessions, been climbed, and held tea parties at her roots. She's heard declarations of love and seen tears when saying goodbyes. She's been hugged, been painted and photographed and been the inspiration for stories my many...not least by us! She is an endless provider.
Camp is surrounded by trees and fields and makes a perfect spot to immerse yourself in nature. From birdsong at dawn, to barn owls swooping across the field at night, we're sure you will love it.
So whether its your first visit, or a repeat visit, be sure to give the old gal some love by giving her a hug!