26 episodes

Old trees are awe inspiring links to the past that fire our imagination. What are their stories? Seasoned arborist and amateur historian Doug Still interviews local experts, historians, and regular folks to celebrate the myths and uncover the real tales. If you're a tree lover, join in to look "beyond the plaque" at heritage trees and the human stories behind them. Monthly.

This Old Tree Doug Still

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Old trees are awe inspiring links to the past that fire our imagination. What are their stories? Seasoned arborist and amateur historian Doug Still interviews local experts, historians, and regular folks to celebrate the myths and uncover the real tales. If you're a tree lover, join in to look "beyond the plaque" at heritage trees and the human stories behind them. Monthly.

    The Tree That Owns Itself

    The Tree That Owns Itself

    Legend has it that Col. William H. Jackson of Athens, Georgia loved his old white oak tree very much. So much, that he created a deed for the tree and the land immediately surrounding it, giving ownership unto itself. Could it be possible? Who owns a tree? The answers aren't always as simple as they may appear. GuestsMateo FennellCommunity Forestry CoordinatorAthens-Clarke County Unified GovernmentAthens, GAhttps://www.accgov.com/274/Community-ForestryJames KomenConsulting Arboris...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Mariner and the Mulberry

    The Mariner and the Mulberry

    A large old mulberry tree at Truro Vineyards on Cape Cod comes with a legend. A sea captain brought it back from the South Pacific and planted it for his young wife. Or his girlfriend. Or someone named Amelia. Is this story true? Who was the captain, and what became of him? Come along to open dusty books, unfurl old maps, and decide what you think. GuestsKristen RobertsOwner Truro VineyardsTruro, MAKen MacPheeArborist RepresentativeBartlett Tree ExpertsOrleans, MAJanice PelosiManagerTruro His...

    • 55 min
    Tree Story Shorts III

    Tree Story Shorts III

    Here's the third edition of "Tree Story Shorts" on This Old Tree, where guests get to tell their own tree stories! Charles Darwin, bride and groom trees, a massive American elm in Illinois, Al Capone, original tree-inspired music, a tree used for meetings at an army base, a moving story from war-torn Ukraine - this episode has it all. Listen to what people have to say about the trees that inspire them.GuestsRob McBrideThe Tree HunterEllesmere, Shropshire, U.K.InstagramGeorgia BarnhillAmherst ...

    • 35 min
    Europe's 2023 Tree of the Year: The Fabrykant Oak

    Europe's 2023 Tree of the Year: The Fabrykant Oak

    The Fabrykant Oak, translated as the "Factory Owner's Oak," received 45,000 votes to become Europe's Tree of the Year. Located in Łódź, it captures the hearts of people in its home country of Poland and around the world. Full of personality and stunningly beautiful, the story of this Quercus robur strikes deep into the city's culture and history. How does an old tree overcome the past to become a symbol of rebirth and a brighter future? GuestsAdam GolubProject Manager and Brussels Repre...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Emancipation Oak

    The Emancipation Oak

    A 300 yr-old Live Oak tree on the campus of Hampton University in Virginia stuns visitors with its strength and beauty. It’s also an enduring symbol of a watershed moment in American history - the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War, which freed enslaved people in the rebel states. How could a tree play a role in that momentous event, at least locally? What did emancipation truly mean to African-Americans in 1863? How does the tree still inspire the hearts and imagi...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Autograph Tree

    The Autograph Tree

    A stunning copper beech tree in Ireland’s County Galway attracts tourists from around the world. Lady Gregory was its owner, and she drew legendary writers of her day to her house and garden at Coole Park - William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and others. If they were lucky, they were allowed to etch their names into the bark of what’s now known as the Autograph Tree. Learn the full story steeped in Irish literary history.GuestsJenni McGuireHead Guide, Coole Park Nature ReserveGort, Cou...

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Smokeyllama ,

Thoughtful, interesting, well-produced

Very high quality production that makes listening a pleasure. Doug is a great host who brings in other experts to liven the history, politics, and culture of special and controversial trees. I especially loved the recent episode about “the tree that owns itself.”

Eugene Zhukau ,

Trees and history!

ChatGPT I'm totally in love with this podcast! The quality of sound and production is top-notch, making each episode a joy to listen to. It's like they've found the perfect mix of history and trees, two of my favorite topics, and brought them to life in the most engaging way. It's just awesome how they manage to weave these elements together so seamlessly!

klpny ,

Perfect Tree Lover’s Podcast

I love trees and love giving tours about them at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, so listening to the history of these old trees is wonderful, engaging and relaxing.

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