The Oak of Svend Grathe (= The Old Oak)


Details in Danish

Danish name:
Svend Grathes Eg (= Den Gamle Eg)

Alternative Danish names:
Den Gamle Eg

English name:
English Oak

Latin name:
Quercus robur subsp. robur

Locality:
Midtjylland, Silkeborg Kommune
Silkeborg, Nordskoven, Århusvej. Den Gamle Eg.
56;10.20N+09;36.16E

Google Earth coordinates:
56.1700 9.6027    Guide

Data:
Girth: 4,59 meter
Diameter: 1,46 meter

Maximum age:
265

Status:
alive, weak

Growth form:
tree, monocormic

Legends:
In 1157, during the royal feud between Svend, Knud and Valdemar, Svend Grathe hid from Knud and his soldiers in Svend Grathes Eg.

Comments:
Figures from 1995. Age based on Holten, Dansk Dendrol. Årsskr. 26: Fig.1 (1998). Known also as Den Gamle Eg, because Svend Grathe hardly could have been hiding inside it - note the estimated age.

Value:
Notable within a region

Web page:
http://pdfnet.dk/default2.asp?show=1164&foldud=596&tybe=4

Reference:
Qvistorff, H.V. 1995
Berømte danske træer. 66 træer og deres historie, side 96pp, Danmarks Radios Forlag. København

Reported by:
Christensen, Knud Ib  (17-03-2008)

Validation:
Well documented  (17-03-2007)