The Knightwood Oak, the Queen of the Forest
The Knightwood Oak is still growing and with a 7.4m girth is the largest oak in the New Forest. It is also one of the oldest and most celebrated historic trees in the Forest. It is thought it could be 600 years old.
The tree is a classic example and fantastic illustration of the ancient art of ‘pollarding’. The tree’s longevity and shape has been cultivated by the art, an ancient forest practice still continued to this day.
Pollarding involves cutting the head off a tree to encourage new growth. Pollarding not only helped shape the trees but was also a means of creating a sustainable wood harvest for firewood and also fencing.
The Knightwood Oak Stroll
The Knightwood Oak Stroll is a gentle, 1/4 of a mile stroll through the forest and offers plenty of locations for a leafy picnic.
Some of the oak’s saplings have been planted around the Queen of the Forest, so that for centuries to come her reign of the forest will continue.
Directions to the Knightwood Oak Car Park
From Lyndhurst turn right off the A35 into Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive, the car park is the first one on the left.
The enclosure can be reached by following the markers to the car park the other side of the Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive. Follow the path and you will see the tree, now fenced off to help protect its roots.