The “Big Tree”

The giant oak at Turnhalle Square

A 12-metre high oak tree has travelled all the way from a nursery in Germany to a new home at King’s Cross.

The 63 year old Quercus palustris – or pin oak – was transported from Hamburg on the back of a truck and crossed the Channel by ferry. It even had its own ‘tree passport’.

The oak is currently 12m tall, but can be expected to grow to 20m. Weighing in at a massive 11.5 tonnes and with a rootball measuring 3.5m, it’s no wonder it took a 55 tonne crane and six men to lower it into its final position.

The giant oak now sits in Turnhalle Square between the German Gymnasium and One Pancras Square and marks the entry point to the new Pancras Square. It’s one of 400 mature trees to be planted at King’s Cross.


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