In England a sacred historic oak has been reduced to a burnt stump after it was engulfed by fire. This tree was a local landmark and it was venerated by people from all over the world. This sacred historic oak was also important in the rituals of modern pagans and modern druids.
The 40ft-high (13m) Whiteleaved Oak has stood in South Malverns, Herefordshire, near historic Eastnor Castle, for at least 500 years. It sat at the meeting point the boundaries of the 3 counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire and a local village, the hamlet of Whiteleaved Oak, is named after this sacred historic oak tree.
However, last weekend the Hereford and Worcester’s Fire and Rescue Service was called to the tree because it was on fire. A dozen local firefighters, battled through the night, for 12 hours, to quench the blaze. The Daily Mail quotes a spokesperson from the Fire and Rescue Service as stating that ‘The crews ran out hose approximately 120 meters [394 feet] and used an appliance to shuttle water to and from the incident all through the night. ’
The Burnt Sacred Historic Oak Used in Solstice Celebrations
A spokesperson from the Fire and Rescue Service in a statement in the Daily Mail said, ‘The tree was well alight when we attended and unfortunately it was not possible to extinguish quickly. ’ In the end the tree was reduced to a smoking blackened stump. Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, is quoted by the Daily Mail as stating that the tree was ‘Of considerable historic and cultural importance. Can't be replaced’.
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