If only this tree could speak.
Often have I heard these words from people standing next to me in front of an old tree where branches and bark bear signs of age, wind and weather.
And in a way the old trees speak because stories are attached to them and retold again and again by people passing by.
Thus it is with the English Oak in Jaegersborg Deer Park:
Several years after the Bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807, a British soldier confessed an assassination on an English treasurer in the deer garden north of Copenhagen.
On his deathbed, he told that he and his buddy had buried the regiment chest with the soldiers salaries under the characteristic oak tree northeast of the Hermitage Castle.
The treasure was sought at the request of Queen Victoria, and there was a lot of digging around the old oak tree but the regiment chest didn’t materialise.
Arthur Wellesley led the occupation of Copenhagen in 1807.
The English formed a semicircle around Copenhagen from Svanemoellen to Kalveboderne
Some soldiers lived at Sorgenfri Castle in Kongens Lyngby, and camped in the deer garden, Jaegersborg Dyrehave.