'These thousand year old oaks represent a biological continuity dating back perhaps only seven generations to the last Ice Age. They are not only of historic interest but are also a valuable part of our cultural heritage'. Ted Green Conservation Consultant at Windsor Great Park and founder member of the Ancient Tree Forum.

'These thousand year old oaks represent a biological continuity dating back perhaps only seven generations to the last Ice Age. They are not only of historic interest but are also a valuable part of our cultural heritage'.

Ted Green Conservation Consultant at Windsor Great Park and founder member of the Ancient Tree Forum.

The proposal

Imagine the extraordinary impact of seeing a life-size 900 year old oak from Windsor Great Park reproduced perfectly in bronze in a key public space in London. 

Remarkable new techniques pioneered by Adam Lowe at Factum Arte now make this possible. 

By first scanning a living oak tree, and then using the latest 3D printing technology, we will create an exact bronze copy of this amazing tree to within a millimetre. Once erected it will create an unforgettable impression of wonder and awe for all to see and experience.

Exhilarating as this prospect is, we don’t just want to reproduce this magnificent tree. The central purpose of The Bronze Oak Project is to use the iconic symbol of this ancient oak tree to catalyse a more meaningful and lasting connection between citizens and the natural world in our cities.

Trees remind us of the fragile link between modern city and country. They reduce the build-up of urban heat, improve air quality, and lower the risk of flooding but above all, they give us a place to explore and become a part of the natural world again. We want the bronze oak to be an inspiring focal point for a wider purpose.

To achieve this we are exploring a partnership with a relevant charity. We hope to work with them to develop a campaign which would accompany the installation of the tree.

Photomontage showing the bronze oak in front of the Houses of Parliament on Parliament Square.

Photomontage showing the bronze oak in front of the Houses of Parliament on Parliament Square.

Photomontage showing the bronze oak in front of the Tower of London.

Photomontage showing the bronze oak in front of the Tower of London.