The Bruce Castle Oak,
England Tree of the Year 2018
As a result of achieving second place, the Woodland Trust has awarded the oak a £500 Tree Care Award and a free arboricultural survey.
To read the Arboricultural Report and conclusions click here
Poems to the Tottenham Oak
Of this tree
Ode from the Oak
The Tottenham Oak
Bruce Castle Park
Bruce Castle Park, Tottenham's first public park, is home to the oldest oak tree in Tottenham; an ancient sessile oak tree which is over 450 years old. It was possibly a sapling when Henry VIII met his sister Margaret, Queen of Scotland, at Bruce Castle in 1516, and certainly would have been there when his daughter Elizabeth I visited in 1578.
As the photograph above shows a large branch of the oak broke off in 2011 and this is the cause of its asymmetrical shape. There is concern about other branches and the general health of the tree so further work is being investigated.
To find out about the activities of the Friends of Bruce Castle Park
go to their website.
Bruce Castle Museum & Park:
Home of Haringey History
Bruce Castle, a Grade I listed 16th Century manor house in 20 acres of parkland, is home to Haringey's Museum and Archives, as well as the Bruce Castle Oak.
The Museum is a historical treasure trove with a lively schedule of family activities, frequently changing exhibitions, a wide-ranging schools programme, and a schedule of talks and local history walks.
The Archives hold Haringey's collection of local history documents, maps and photographs.
For more information, including opening hours, visit Bruce Castle Museum
To find out how to join the Friends
to protect our heritage,
visit Friends of Bruce Castle
Bruce Castle Oak: a witness of family fun for centuries
Bruce Castle Park occupies the site of one of the four manors of Tottenham; Bruce Castle itself is the only mansion in its grounds that remains in the area. Its name derives from the Scottish royal family of de Brus, who held part of the manor until 1306. After that there were numerous illustrious owners over the centuries. A survey of 1619 shows the manor house with a tower and grove of trees on a site that is similar to the present extent of the public park. The grounds became Tottenham’s first public park in 1892.
Read the reminiscences
The oak features in the memories of many who have grown up in Tottenham.
Read some of the stories
Find out more about the Bruce Castle Oak in Calling Tree - part of the LIFT Festival 2016 here
See the Calling Tree @ Bruce Castle Oak gallery here