<< The imperial oak in Burgholz >>
On June 14, 1871, students planted this oak to commemorate the founding of the German Empire on January 18, 1871 and the German-French war that was won. The director of the Elberfelder Gymnasium, along with a teacher and his primary school students, accepted the invitation from the then forester to plant the trees. The imperial oak was a popular meeting place on May Day - not just for witches - and is still the starting point for many hikes through the Burgholz. The oaks were sacred to the Teutons. No branch was allowed to be broken off in order not to anger the gods. Due to its long lifespan (500 years are not uncommon) it has become a symbol of eternity. Their wood is durable and versatile (charcoal-burning, construction timber, veneer) and some popular beliefs persist: supposedly, water, drawn from an old oak stump, is supposed to be good against freckles.
November 5, 2018
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