Oldies But Goldies: A Journey To Germany’s Oldest Trees

Travel through the idyllic Germanic nature and visit some of the oldest trees in Europe.

Rooted for hundreds of years, these trees reach the greatest ages of all living things and have spanned the equivalent time of many human lives.

Oldies But Goldies: A Journey To Germany’s Oldest Trees portraits some of the rarest old trees in Germany, including that of the Balderschwang Yew – a poisonous yew tree.

Its seed germinated even before the birth of Kaiser Friedrich Barbarossa and before Henry I’s ascension to the English throne in the year 1100.

The documentary also takes a look at the “thousand year oaks” Ivenack, where a closer look actually dates most of them to be around 700 years old.

Although many of these old trees are close to an end, their seeds lie waiting for a change to become hundreds of years themselves.

With the aid of a caring environmentalist hand we could find the space they’d need to cultivate, survive peacefully and grow old. Perhaps they too could grow to be a thousand years old.

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Oldies But Goldies: A Journey To Germany’s Oldest Trees
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  • Release date2007
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Jan Haft
  • Part of the seriesThe Secrets of Nature
  • Production companyNautilusfilm
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