Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

Lodsworth Day Walk 26th October 2016

Denis's day walk changed from Chalton to Lodsworth, exploring the woodland around the village, with lunch at the Hollist Arms. Maddie wanted to see the Elizabeth Oak in Cowdray Park and it is still looking as healthy as ever. Following information from www.monumentaltrees.com.:-

Without any doubt, the most famous tree in Cowdray Park is the Queen Elizabeth Oak. Purportedly, Queen Elizabeth I would have visited this tree in 1591, which was at that time already an impressive tree. Its girth makes this Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) the second thickest tree of its kind in Europe. According to Jeroen Pater this tree is probably about 600 to 700 years, while according to dendrologists of the British Tree Register, this tree might be almost a 1,000 years old.The girth of the tree, measured at a height of 1.50 m, is 12.60 m