Swathes of birch line the path, interspersed with knotted oak trees.
Mining was hit hard in Nottinghamshire in the 1980s, and you can still see mournful wheel jennys and winching equipment on the skyline.
Proof of this is an amphora from the 1st century BC found in Ephesus: it was not only was sealed with a cork stopper but also still contained wine.
Later, in the 1st century CE, the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder made extensive reference to cork oaks in his celebrated Natural History.
It is something of a challenge to visit Sherwood Forest and avoid the full-on Robin Hood experience.
Yet despite this, the forest is a truly outstanding location for a winter's walk, with easily navigable bridleways and well drained footpaths.
He explained that in Greece the trees were adored as symbols of liberty and honour, for which reason only priests were allowed to cut them down.
In the same work, we can read that cork oaks were consecrated to the god of Olympus, Jupiter, and their leaves and branches were used to crown victorious athletes.
Hugged by the tree-lined boundaries yet spread spaciously through the site are some of the most beautiful pitches in Wiltshire.
Each spot feels like it’s been taken straight out of a secret garden, whether carved into the bushes or overlooked by the site’s many ancient oak trees, and all provide more than a glimpse of serenity.
Ed Frank As you say, site is everything in making estimations on age by size.
While many areas do not have records of plantings, the live oaks shading Savannah's Downtown streets were planted in 1896 making them a respectable 110 years old.
Despite its many different uses, for centuries the most faithful ambassador of cork to the world has been the natural cork stopper, that seal of exceptional quality that is still today preferred and demanded by the great wine producers.