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Explore The Knightwood Oak
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

A short walk from Knightwood Oak car park, aKnightwood Oak. New Forest gravel track (suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs) leads to the largest and perhaps the most famous oak tree in the New Forest.

The Knightwood Oak is the largest oak in the New Forest, at 7.4m girth, and surely one of the oldest.

 It is still going strong today and is a spectacular example of the ancient art of 'pollarding', the traditional way of harvesting wood without killing the tree.

A shady spot to bring a picnic, 'get away from it all' and try to imagine what it would have been like over 400 years ago when this tree began to grow.

Knightwood Oak Podcast

Take your very own 'ranger' out in the New Forest by downloading the Knightwood Oak Podcast for your MP3 player by clicking here.

What do other visitors say?

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Took my 7 year old granddaughter from Cornwall. She was amazed. Visit spoilt by fly tippers dumping fridges, freezers, TVs , gas bottles and other rubbish in car park.

Norman Marrison, 1/Nov/2016

A visitor advised us that there is no signage or historical information about the Knightwood Oak

Anonymous, 18/Jun/2015

Thank you for your comment. The information around the Knightwood Oak is, admittedly, slight, but it is there and is colourful. Visitors should walk around the cleft oak fence line enclosing the Oak where they will find two very substantial panels. The first provides information about the wildlife that lives in oaks, such as the Knightwood, and the second gives historical information, including a picture taken in about 1900.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I thought the signage was appropriate and proportionate to the degree of historical significance. We also felt the nearby picnic table was a great stop off. Thank you!

Nigel McAvoy , 24/Jan/2015
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Last updated: 26th May 2016

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