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King Edward VI's remedy oak tree gets revamp

The Remedy Oak near Verwood
The oak has been given new cables to support it

An 800-year-old oak tree in Dorset under which King Edward VI is said to have sat and cured people's illnesses has been given a revamp.

A plaque on the Remedy Oak in woodlands near Verwood refers to the incident in summer 1552, when the king was aged 15.

Legend says he dispensed healing powers by touching those brought before him suffering from various ailments.

They included scrofula, which the King himself suffered from and became known as The King's Evil.

The brass plaque below the tree reads: "According to tradition, King Edward VI sat beneath this tree and touched for the King's Evil."

East Dorset District Council said it "recognises the importance of veteran trees and the significant part they play in our cultural and historical heritage".

"They stand as living monuments, marking the passage of time."

During the work, the oak's 20-year-old cable bracing system was replaced and an additional cable was installed to give extra support.

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