Usefulness and services of the tree :
Features and characters of the individual
This tree is one of the oldest oaks in the inventory of remarkable trees. Starting its life in a forest about 400 years ago, today it sits in the middle of Hippodrome of Boitsfort’s golf course. Despite its age, it is still a force of nature: a pillar between heaven and earth. A hollow descends along its trunk and the tree has also lost some of its main branches, yet it still remains very strong. Who knows how it is so strong! Isolated in an open space, it was probably struck by lightning at some point during its history. Perhaps it captured and wielded the energy from a lightning strike, as older ancient civilisations believed? For the Celts, oak trees were a symbol of power and eternity. The Greeks, Scandinavians and Germans all associated it with gods who mastered lightning and thunder. This veteran of the Hippodrome therefore commands respect. Golfers appreciate its presence. Who would dare provoke the wrath of the gods?