The Major Oak is an enormous
tree that stands in the middle of the Sherwood Forest
County Park. It's claim to fame
is that its hollowed-out bough
reportedly once sheltered Robin Hood
and his Merry Men from all sorts of nasty villains
like the Sheriff of Nottingham
The tree itself is reported to be from 800-1000 years old. It has an estimated weight of 23 tons and a girth of 33 feet. At its largest point the canopy of the Oak measures 93 feet around, and because of its huge branches, it needs a little help holding them up in the form of supporting logs.
Because of the sheer mass of the tree, there are no trees growing anywhere around it. Several theories surrounding the origin of the tree exist. One of them is that the tree started out as two or more individual trees that somehow "grew together".
A good picture of the Major Oak can be found at http://www.nottinghamshiretourism.co.uk/images/popup/forest/majoroak.jpg