Perthshire oak tree is several centuries old and thought to be the last
survivor of the ancient medieval oakwood mentioned in Macbeth. It is believed
Shakespeare was inspired when he visited the area in 1599 as part of a troupe
of travelling players. In the play, the witch tells Macbeth he will remain King
until Birnam wood comes to his castle at Dunsinane. This sounded an unlikely
eventuality until an attacking army camouflaged itself with branches from the
The oak has
been in the wars again recently enduring flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.
It had some branches removed earlier this year but needs more work. A coalition
of local conservationists is campaigning to secure its future.