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Nine Hundred Centuries Old?

View of an Oak Tree in Moccas Park in Herefordshire. The park dates from the 17th century and contains some of the most ancient oak trees in England.

The Rev Kilvert said of them in his diary of 1870-79, "I fear those grey old men of Moccas Park, those grey, gnarled, low-browed, knock-kneed, bowed, bent, huge, strange, long-armed, deformed, hunched-backed, misshapen oak men that stand waiting and watching century after century."

This quotation is often used as an example of a mindfulness response to the outcome of nature conservation.

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