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.


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.


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.


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.



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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