Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Noteworthy oak trees – 7

The Elfin Oak, a dead tree trunk decorated with elves and other fairy folk, and enlosed in a metal cage, is situated beside the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, London.

A plaque on the ground inside the cage reads:

‘Elfin Oak.  Originally carved in 1911 and maintained for over 40 years by sculptor Ivor Innes.  With grateful thanks also to Spike Milligan CBE and his friends whose interest and support enabled complete restoration of the wee folk, 1996. HRH The Prince of Wales unveiled this plaque presented by the Elfin Oak Appeal Fund, 12 June 1997.’

However, according to the Royal Parks website: ‘The Elfin Oak sculpture was designed by Ivor Innes in 1930 and is made from the trunk of an ancient oak tree which originated in Richmond Park.’

Photographed 17 October 2022.

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