The story begins 5000 years ago when, deep inside the East Anglian Fenland Basin, an incredible ancient high forest once stood. Over time, and a rise in sea level, these spectacular Oak trees fell into the silt of the flooded forest floor where they have been preserved like black treasure in the peat.

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In 2012 Hamish Low and his team made an incredible discovery. At over 13 metres long and perfectly preserved they found the buried giant of that ancient high forest.

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Against all odds, they successfully milled and dried 'The Jubilee Oak' and now this team of master craftsmen are setting out to give this piece of history a magnificent new legacy.

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From that tree The Fenland Black Oak Project are creating a unique table for the nation and need your help to complete this magical story. Please contribute and you too can be a part of this legacy.

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The Tree

Our story so far and the unprecedented creative opportunity this tree now represents.

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What is Black Oak?

Black Oak is the nation's rarest native hardwood making it highly prized by craftspeople all over the world.

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Our Film

All aspects of this project have been filmed as they occurred by a BAFTA award winning producer.

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The Table

Our vision, to preserve the full length integrity of this tree in the form of an iconic table for the nation.

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Our Blog

Updates on our latest developments and insightful articles about Black Oak from specialist Hamish Low.

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Please Donate

We have saved this ancient tree for the nation and are now seeking donations in order to start fabrication of the table.

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