Panshanger Great Oak. The largest clear-stemmed oak in the country, the Great Oak is believed to have been planted by Queen Elizabeth I. This ancient English oak (Quercus robur) has a well recorded history, including a visit in 1789 by the Hampshire naturalist, Gilbert White. It was first measured by Arthur Young in 1804 and then recorded by Strutt in his Sylvia Britannica in 1830 as being 19 feet in circumference 3 feet from the ground. Currently its girth is a massive 25 feet. 


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