Knightwood Oak is thought to be about 600 years old; it is the
biggest oak in the New Forest with a girth of 25 feet.
The shape indicates that the top of the tree was cut in its early days; known
as pollarding this is the traditional way to harvest timber without killing the
tree. Pollarding was made illegal (in the New Forest) in 1698 because it spoilt
the shape of the trees for shipbuilding.