To expand slightly on the answer by @Semaphore.
In her An Encyclopedia of Fairies Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures (page 159), after the Somerset rhyme, Katharine Mary Briggs adds:
Tolkien is faithful to folk
tradition in the ogre-ish behaviour of Old Man Willow.
Indeed, J.R.R. Tolkien would often draw from English folklore in ...
This is not an account per se, but it is a source that proves such a belief existed in English folklore. Katharine Mary Briggs documents a Somerset rhyme that goes:
Ellum do grieve,
Oak he do hate,
Willow to walk,
If yew travels late
Dr. Briggs explains that the folksong embodies traditional beliefs that:
. . . if one elm tree is cut down, the one next ...
The closest thing to what you are asking that comes to mind is Old Norse Religion in Long-Term Perspectives: Origins, Changes & Interactions (I'm including the Google Books link because there you can find the ebook for a rather cheap price). It's a collection of papers by some of the leading scholars in the field of pre-Christian Norse religion. The ...