The United Nations pronounced 21 March as the International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives, and what better way to mark this occasion than to celebrate Britain’s most famous trees?
Movies, music and literature has brought fame to millions, but not all celebrities are actors. In fact, sometimes a tree can become the unexpected centre of attention. Forest Holidays has shared their favourite trees which you can visit, snap a photo and relive some of the most treasured moments in Britain’s movie history.
Pollarded beech, Hertfordshire
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Arguably one of the most famous trees in the world, the Whomping Willow became a household name in JK Rowling’s infamous Harry Potter series. The ancient yew in Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, played a key role in the third Harry Potter film, Prison of Azkaban, and has since welcomed flocks of fans. Unfortunately, the tree fell under its own weight in 2014 but is still a national treasure and a must-see for HP fans.
Sycamore Gap, Northumberland National Park
The Sycamore Gap is one of the most photographed spots in Northumberland National Park. Set within the dramatic dip between Hadrian’s Wall, this tree was made famous after it appeared in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner, it has been known as The Robin Hood Tree ever since.
Robin Hood isn’t the only literary hero to leave his mark in Sherwood Forest. In the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley, Elizabeth sits on this majestic, 500-year-old tree with her aunt and uncle whilst on their travels around the country. Pride and Prejudice Director, Joe Wright, said in the DVD commentary: “This is part of old Sherwood Forest, also up in Derbyshire, where Robin Hood rode around with his merry bunch of men. That's a 500 year-old tree. I'd chosen a different location and the groundsman of Chatsworth very proudly took me to see this tree. And so, we´ve got him to thank for this location.”
Lime Tree Valley, Hambleden
Acting as the gateway between this world and the netherworld, this tree is the centrepiece for the forest in the 1999 American gothic horror film, Sleepy Hollow. Known as The Tree of the Dead, these 30-foot tall trees were constructed of fibreglass and steel, but were made from molds of oak trees that can be found in Windsor Great Park.
Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
We know this isn’t technically a movie but we had to include the stunning tree tunnel as seen in Game of Thrones. This quaint and picturesque avenue is one of the most photographed locations in Northern Ireland. Fans from all over the world will flock here to get a snap of this unique phenomenon in different lighting conditions.