JULY 15 2023 – THE SATURDAY WALK – “MEET WOODY – THE MAMMOTH OAK OF IFIELD WOOD” – 11AM FROM THE PLOUGH [RETURN BY 1.30PM]

‘Woody’ – The Mammoth Oak of Ifield Wood

 

JULY 10 2023 – THE MIGHTY OAK – “CALL TO SAVE OAK TREE” ON THE ANCIENT PARISH BOUNDARY OF IFIELD AND CRAWLEY [NEAR TOWN CENTRE LIBRARY & IFIELD AND CRAWLEY MEMORIAL GARDENS]

CRAWLEY OBSERVER – LETTER SUBMISSION [UNPUBLISHED – JULY 12 2023]

Dear Editor

The mighty oak tree by Crawley library must not be destroyed as it is one of the few remaining reminders that this special area of heritage was once an ancient forest [‘Call to save oak tree if Crawley development goes ahead’, Observer, July 6]. 

Other reminders include Crawley Borough Council’s ‘Oak’ Logo, ‘Royal Oak’ pub in Ifield, Mammoth Oak of Ifield Wood, Jubilee Oak and County Oak (now destroyed).

The Druid Oak, for example, relates to the ancient Druids who met in forest groves beneath large oak trees – sacred in their religion – and the word druid comes from ‘dru-wid’ which means ‘knower of oak trees’.

We need to remind ourselves that if such ancient, symbolic trees disappear, they disappear forever.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

‘MONTY’ THE MAMMOTH – 50,000 years old

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2842978/amp/Monty-woolly-mammoth-sale-complete-18ft-skeleton-Ice-Age-beast-250-000.html

MARCH 26 2022 – SATURDAY WALK – ‘THE MIGHTY DRUID OAKS OF ANCIENT IFIELD’ – 11AM FROM POETS’ CORNER [OPPOSITE THE PLOUGH] IN IFIELD VILLAGE – RETURN BY 1.30PM