IT watched over the Ceiriog Valley for 1,200 years and survived tempest, fire and flood.
That was until April this year, when the famous Pontfadog Oak fell in 60mph winds.
But now people can own a slice of history as carvings from the tree are set to go on sale.
Pieces of the sessile oak, which was known as Britain’s oldest tree and the third biggest anywhere in the UK, have been carved by wood sculptor Stuart Jones.
The artworks, which will each hold a slice of history spanning three millennia, will be sold for £20 each, with all proceeds for Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham.
Huw and Dianne Coakley-Williams, keepers of the tree, donated some segments of the tree for the good cause.
Caroline Siddall, director of income generation at the Nightingale House, said: “The carvings are beautiful, it’s a wonderful idea.
“Though it stood in our county for 1,200 years, we have outlived the Pontfadog Oak. It seems very fitting that its’ wood is used to fund end-of-life care for members of our community.”
The Pontfadog Oak grew from a sapling during the reign of King Egbert (from 802 to 839.
It is thought to have already been a mature tree when Owain Gwynedd Ap Gruffudd rallied his troops there to face Henry II in the mid-12th Century.
It was even spared when Henry II had his men cut down Ceiriog Woods in 1165.
Now fallen, the tree, which had a 42ft 5ins girth, is to be made into a memorial in the village of Pontfadog.
But experts from the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew have taken samples, aiming to regrow a genetic match of the ancient tree.
When it fell earlier this year, tree conservationists were devastated.
Clwyd South AM Ken Skates helped launch a Coed Cadw petition last year calling for a strengthening of Tree Preservation Order legislation and more support for private owners who have ancient trees on their land.
“As we have seen, an ancient tree like this can take hundreds of years to reach maturity, but it can all be lost in an hour.
“We are the guardians of these trees and they need greater protection, the same care and attention we give to the most treasured buildings or monuments in our communities.”
Leader at Nightingale House said the funds from sculpture sales will be vital.
This year it will cost £2.6m for the hospice to continue to provide high quality palliative care services, free of charge, to patients within its catchment areas.
Nightingale House will receive £600,000 from statutory sources, which
will fund the hospice for only 85 days.