1,000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Its circumference of about ten meters and its venerable age impose it as the natural master of its place. Here is the patriarch of the trees of Broceliande. No one knows the true of age of the oak, however traditionally we say its enchanted branches have stood for 1000 years. 10 centuries of stories and countless people and events. Some have definitely marked the tree. Or would it be the tree that has marked those?
The Guillotin Oak was designated a remarkable tree in 2017.
THE RESCAPED OAK OF THE FORGES
Few large oaks remain in Broceliande. For three centuries at least, the Forges devoured them. But the rare survivors remind us of the splendor of the forest in the successive times of the druids, the monks and the knights. The oldest of them all had the good idea of being easily accessible. At the edge of a road, the Guillotin oak shows its gnarled and tortured trunk. Its branches could be trees themselves, and in the thick wrinkled skin of its bark, a cave opens, dark and secret. The ancestor of the trees of Broceliande is hollow! Not so long ago, children would enter the blackened trunk by the dozen. Today, it is better to avoid this game, as it is painful for such an ancient being.
Text written by Claudine GLOT, Centre de l’imaginaire Arthurien .