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Nelson's oak trees go up for sale
HMS Victory
Two of the oaks were used to restore HMS Victory
Descendants of the Trafalgar Oaks - trees Admiral Lord Nelson wanted to be made into warships - have gone on sale.

Timber from trees in the Forest of Dean was used to build many of the ships used at the Battle of Trafalgar.

After visiting the forest in 1803, Nelson asked the Admiralty to ensure more trees were planted, and the so-called Trafalgar Oaks flourished.

Last year 2,000 acorns were collected from the trees and grown into saplings which are now being sold for charity.

All proceeds from the sale of the 25 trees - which come with certificates of authenticity - will be donated to the King George's Fund for Sailors.

Two of the Trafalgar Oaks were recently used to restore the timbers of Nelson's flagship, the HMS Victory.


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