It is thought that this king of the forest can live for over a thousand years.
Large English oak trees are home to an abundance of mosses, ferns, lichens, insects, birds and small mammals. English oaks also have an open leaf canopy, meaning light can filter through to the floor below where flowers such as violets, bluebells and primroses can thrive.
English oaks help many fungi flourish, too - their roots have a symbiotic relationship with fungi such as the orange oak bolete (Leccinum quercinum).
The trees often rely on helpful planters like people, or forgetful squirrels or jays who leave their acorns buried in the ground for a new generation to grow.