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Friday, 12th July 2019

500 year old Oldbridge oak nominated for tree of the year

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The 500 year old Mighty Battle Oak in the grounds of the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. Photo: Andy Spearman.

On this day 329 years ago, the famous Battle of the Boyne took place at Oldbridge. It changed the course of European history but around 2,000 soldiers died on the day.

In amongst the carnage of the battlefield, and recorded by an artist present on the day, was an oak tree and amazingly that tree is still standing today in the grounds of the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre.

If trees could talk this tree, it's called the Mighty Battle Oak, could tell some tales. Experts reckon it is well over 500 years old and it has been nominated as one of five contenders for the title of ‘Ireland’s Tree of the Year 2019.’

The Tree Council of Ireland, in association with the Irish Tree Society, is asking members of the public to vote for their favourite of the five nominated trees. The winner of Ireland's Tree of the Year will then progress to the annual European Tree of the Year competition.

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The Mighty Battle Oak was captured by the Dutch Artist, Theodore Maas, who was present on the day of the Battle when the armies of King William III and King James II set about slaughtering each other and the tree is plain to be seen in some of his drawings.

There were thirteen different nationalities present at the Battle of the Boyne and as a result the Mighty Battle Oak has huge International as well as national importance.

 You can vote for the Mighty Battle Oak and read about the other four trees that are nominated at treeoftheyear.ie

 

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