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Can we save the Great Oak at the Gates of the Dead?

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:31 UK time, Wednesday, 24 February 2010

2010 Feb split in two

Treehunter Rob McBride has visited the scene of one of Britain's oldest trees to survey the damage after cold weather caused the so called Great Oak at the Gates of the Dead to split.

The 1,200-year-old tree, near Chirk, Wrexham, has a 34ft (10m) circumference trunk and is thought to date back to the reign of King Egbert in 802.

Rob, who is on the hunt for our oldest trees, is co-ordinating efforts to save the tree and tells us that local firm Kronospan has agreed to help with the costs.

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