Botanic Notables: Chêne Chappelle (Chapel Oak)

August 11, 2011
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If you happen to be in the small French farming village of Allouville-Bellefosse this coming Monday, August 15th, you might see a devout procession climbing a spiral staircase and disappearing into an ancient oak tree. Locals will reassure you that this is not unusual. The occasion is the Assumption of the Virgin, for which an annual pilgrimage is made to Chêne Chappelle, or Chapel Oak, one of the oldest known trees in France.