10 pences - O - Oak Tree
A symbol of strength and endurance, the mighty Oak has made its way throughout the UK. As the national tree for England and Wales, as well as the emblem for County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, the British people are somewhat smitten by the Oak with the Scottish particularly fond of storing their fine Scotch Whisky in barrels made from the tree.
Perhaps the allure of the Oak sits in its hardy, protective nature. Many of the famous Oak trees have a history of protection.
But even at a local level, many Oak trees can be found across the UK, on village greens or in the park. Many of these trees are some of the oldest trees in the country. Watching over generations of children playing, the oak tree has a special place in our hearts.