young oak tree

An oak next to east gate
of Lincoln's Inn fields.

Trees of London
Lincoln's Inn Fields

English Oak

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            The oak is seen as the tree of England by the English. However, in almost every country where the oak resides, it is seen by that population as their national tree, a symbol of the fortitude and warmth of their country. The truth is that such is the importance of the oak, and trees generally, in our psychology that we see them as part of our national identity. The reality is that their power is much stronger than that: they are part of our human identity.

          It is difficult to find a good, mature example of an oak in central London. This is in contrast to areas in outer London where the tree is abundant. There are examples on Hampstead Heath, in Greenwich Park, but the best specimens are at Whipps Cross in Leytonstone, which is the most westerly point of what used to be Epping Forest.

          This one, in Lincoln's Inn, is a young tree, but shows off the leaves and acorns well, and is a good starting point if you can't spare the time to go further a field.

Will the young oak of Linocoln's
Inn fields survive to maturity,
like this one in Leytonstone?

a mature oak tree

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Other Trees at Lincoln's Inn fields

Judas tree      silver maple      Indian bean

birch      hazel      laburnum

Lincoln's Inn fields

Tree Identification

Quercus robur:

alternate; 3 times longer than it is wide, heavily lobed.

oak leaf
nuts/fruit: acorns.
oak catkins


oak bark bark:
shiny grey when young; brown, rough with ridges when older.
grows to 35 metres; wide crown, stocky looking.
general: only young ones in central London, but very common in outer regions.

Second tree on the right
as you enter from the east gate.
yellow: John Soane's museum.
red: oak tree.

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