The Contorted Oaks


Details in Danish

Danish name:
De Krogede Ege (= De Krumme Ege)

Alternative Danish names:
De Krumme Ege, Valdemarsegene

English name:
English Oak

Latin name:
Quercus robur subsp. robur

Locality:
Sjælland, Vordingborg Kommune
Marienlyst Gods øst for Vordingborg, markområde, 30-50 m syd for Nyrådsvej. De Krumme Ege.
55;00.420N+11;56.173E

Google Earth coordinates:
55.00700 11.93622    Guide

Status:
alive

Growth form:
tree, monocormic

Legends:
The contorted habit + flat-topped crowns of these oaks are said to be caused by King Atterdag's (c. 1320-1375) wild ride from Vordingborg to Gurre. He should also have hitch his horse to one of the trees. The trees protect Vordingborg against fires.

Comments:
3 oaks protected by law since June 6, 1959. Only one of the three trees is still alive.

Value:
PROTECTED, notable within a region

Web page:
http://www.dn-lokal.dk/lk397/fredede_omraader.htm

Reference:
Dithmarsen, L. 2008
Fredede områder i Gl. Vordingborg Kommune
http://www.dn-lokal.dk/lk397/fredede_omraader.htm, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening. Vordingborg.

Reported by:
Christensen, Knud Ib  (22-11-2008)

Validation:
Well documented  (22-11-2008)