Forum home Plants

Safe place for planting pot grown oak trees

LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,464

Im looking for suggestions on where I could plant out a few oak tree saplings please?

When my son was born I collected the acorns for him from Parliament Oak in Nottinghamshire where King John supposedly held emergency parliaments under the tree. I've kept potting the saplings on over the years with the intention of planting them out somewhere where he can see them during his life. Maybe a park, or a woodland somewhere?

The saplings are now 9yrs old and have been living in pots on my patio, but they are now of a size where they really need planting out.

Heres a photo of myself and my baby son back in 2006 stood next to Parliament Oak having collected the acorns..



And heres a photo taken a few weeks ago by the same tree..


 And heres a photo of the oak saplings on my patio, though you can only make out two of the taller ones 







  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,700

    Lovely idea LF. In another nine years there'll be a photo of him holding you in his arms.image

    How about a local school? Maybe some of the kids will be studying history and it might be a nice side note for the teachers. 

    Or maybe there is a local history group in your area who might know of a quiet spot where they could go. 

    Whatever you do, don't choose a SSSI - they'll build a road over it in no time.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,464

    A bit of an update. My local park has cleared some scrubland and created a lovely planting area, including a few trees. The chap in charge of the project was happy to accept my donation of a couple of my parliament oaks trees which are now 10 years old. I just hope they survive for many years to come.

    Heres one of them that was planted the other day, with my son standing next to it....


    Last edited: 22 October 2016 16:14:56

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,932

    That's great - wonderful that your son will be able to take his children and grandchildren to see it and maybe have picnics in its shade image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    Fabulous storyimage. Hope to see annual updatesimageimageimage

    I have an oak tree growing from a special acorn, known as Mum's tree.  It is now 7 years old, and I am hoping to be able to keep it in its pot (its a big one ) for a few more years yet.

  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
  • Oaks are beautiful trees - and useful too.  We have two large oaks at the top of our garden and Christine sweeps up the acorns each year for me to sow along local hedgerows where they have thinned.  Oaks host very many insects and I think are the only ones capable of producing a second crop of leaves.  There can't be too many trees, especially the good English Oak.

  • I have an Oak grown from an acorn in a tin bath,it is about 10 years old ,I have never added more soil,or repotted it,it is healthy but I did want it one day to be a full sized tree.

    I do fear that if donated it may not be watered frequently enough and possibly perish.

    The aftercare of trees is sometimes lacking.

    My garden is somewhat petite so there is no option there.

    It is happily attracting small thin bees,don't know what variety and I had a furry caterpillar on it last year.

    Anyhow it's nice to sit beside on a deckchair,I am actually under it so that's amazing.

    Sitting under my own Oak tree.

    Last edited: 19 July 2017 10:37:22

Sign In or Register to comment.