Oak – a wood with history
The Oak, national tree of both England and Germany has many symbolic ties. Oak are known for being sturdy, powerful and timeless. This ideal lives on in one particular Oak in die Dodauer Forest of Germany, known as the Bridegroom’s Oak. The tree has assumed the role of the postbox for love letters and brings together many people every year.
It began when a disapproving forester forbid the marriage of his daughter to a chocolate manufacturer. The young lovers exchanged letters secretly, using a knot in the Oak tree as their keepers. The couple eventually celebrated their wedding, with her father’s approval on 2 June 1891.
The tree became so popular that in 1927 the German postal department assigned the tree to its own post code. The tree’s fame had spread so far and wide that it started receiving letters from all over the world. Over the decades, the tree has taken on the role of a matchmaker of sorts.
More than a hundred marriages have been reportedly brought about by the Bridegroom’s Oak.