Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor (BBC Four, Sunday 16 June 2024)

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The BBC Four documentary, Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor, takes viewers on a journey into the world of one of Britain’s most iconic trees. Airing on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at 7:00 pm, the film explores the extraordinary life and significance of the oak tree, combining scientific insights with historical context.

Presented by George McGavin, the documentary looks into the four distinct seasons and how the oak tree adapts and thrives during each one. Over the course of a year, George uncovers the tree’s remarkable transformations and strategies for survival.

In autumn, George explores the underground network of oak roots and their essential role in extracting nutrients from the soil. He also highlights the oak’s renowned strength, which made it the preferred choice for building iconic ships like Nelson’s flagship, The Victory.

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As winter sets in, George reveals the oak’s resilient nature and the tactics it employs to withstand harsh weather conditions, including strong gales and frost. The episode also explores the oak’s architectural significance, showcasing structures like the tower of Salisbury Cathedral, which is a giant oak structure.

With the arrival of spring, George investigates the oak’s procreation process and its sophisticated strategies for pollination. He also uncovers the tree’s defences against predators, showcasing its incredible ability to withstand attacks.

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Summer brings a different perspective as George uses a microscope to reveal the hundreds of species that call the oak tree home. Additionally, the episode explores the role of oak in whisky production, as the wood barrels made from this tree impart unique flavours to the spirit.

Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor airs on BBC Four on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at 7:00 pm.

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