The girth of Atpiļi Sacred Oak is 8.03 metres. Today almost all of the big branches have broken off, only a single branch has remained alive. The trunk is full of cavities of different sizes, like a fairy-tale tree with owls and other birds living in each one. Not only the trunk girth is outstanding, the circumference of the tree’s root system is an amazing 16 metres.
Atpiļi Sacred Oak was already listed in the grand trees list of 1924.
Atpiļi Oak has been referred to as “sacred oak” since ancient times. Even as recently as in the 70-ies of the 19th century the elderly local community members used to bring offerings of coins, garters and other small items for Atpiļi Oak. The Sacred Oak is closely related to worshipping of brownies (elves said to help with household chores at night), which was very widespread in Northern Vidzeme. (Urtāns J. Latvijas senās svētnīcas. Rīga, 1993).
The oak is included in a book by J. Urtāns "100 Latvijas dižākie un svētākie" (A 100 Grandest and Most Sacred Trees of Latvia).
Location:Atpiļi, Trikātas pagasts, Beverīnas novads