Ancient oaks harvested for tiny acorns at Blenheim Palace

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Old and the new - Rural manager Rachel Brodie with one of the tiny saplings next to an ancient fallen oak.<br />
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Ancient oaks harvested for tiny acorns...<br />
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Foresters at Blenheim Palace have painstakingly gathered 3,000 acorns in a bid to guarantee the future of Europe's largest gathering of ancient oak trees.<br />
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They were picked up in High Park, a wooded area of the 2,000 acre Blenheim Estate in Oxon, Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace.<br />
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It was originally created by Henry I as a deer park in the 12th century, with some surviving trees still standing 900 years on.<br />
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The tiny oaks are currently being raised in glasshouses and small plantations and will eventually be planted across the estate.<br />
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It is hoped the saplings, all direct descendants of the original trees, will help ensure the legacy of Blenheim's ancient oaks lives on for centuries to come.