The Major Oak is a large English oak tree in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. According to local folklore, Robin Hood and his Merry Men used the Major Oak as their hideout. The size of the tree and its mythical status have led it to become a popular tourist attraction.
The Major Oak weighs an estimated 23 tons, has a girth of 10 metres, a canopy of 28 metres, and is about 800 to 1000 years old. In a 2002 survey, it was voted ‘Britain's favourite tree’, and in 2014 it was voted ‘England's Tree of the Year' in a public poll by the Woodland Trust.
There are several theories concerning why the Major Oak became so huge and oddly shaped. One theory is that the Major Oak may be several trees that fused together as saplings. An alternative explanation is that the tree may have been pollarded. Pollarding is a pruning system that can cause a tree’s trunk and branches to grow large and thick. Due to their size and weight, the tree’s massive limbs require the partial support of an elaborate system of scaffolding, which was first put in place during the Victorian era.
Interestingly, in 2002, someone attempted to illegally sell acorns from the Major Oak on an internet-based auction website.
Fill the gaps using words from the box.
1. Legend has it that the Major Oak was Robin Hood’s (Den)
2. The (Circumference) of the tree’s trunk is 10 metres.
3. The tree may actually be more than one tree that (Joined) together.
4. Some of the tree’s (Branches) have to be held up by props.
5. Acorns from the oak were once (Put up) for auction on the Internet.