Could this be the country’s oldest tree?

THE Timberscombe Oak is said to be the oldest tree on Exmoor and quite possibly the oldest anywhere else.

It was quite a walk through a spectacular broad leaf wood but it was well worth it when this magnificent tree came into focus, standing out a mile from anything else growing in the wood.

I couldn’t stop looking around the base of the tree for goblins or blue people from the film ‘Avatar.’

My guide in finding the 500-year-old tree was Exmoor ranger Jeremy Sabel.

Trees such as the Timberscombe Oak, with a girth of 7.4 metres (more than 24 feet), are rare indeed. The number of ancient trees recorded in the national park is more than 1,700.

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