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The English oak tree that taught the world a lesson – BBC World Service


“Trees are like people. Trees are moody, they stress but they’re beautiful when they’re happy.”

Fifteen million trees were felled by the Gre at Storm which hit the south of England in 1987, includ ing Turner’s Oak in London’s Kew Gardens.

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However this huge tree not only survived the storm, but also changed the way that trees are cared for around the world.

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Tony Kirkham, head of the Arboretum at Kew Gardens told Witness History about what he learned from the ancient oak. “The golden rule that I got from the storm was that you’ve got to copy nature and run with her and you’ll succeed.”

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