As part of the preparation for the Parks for People submission, The Landscape Group at the University of East Anglia have conducted the most detailed and thorough survey of the park’s trees – when they were planted, why they were planted. From their work we can see the various landscapes of the Park, as their report is rich with evidence from images and maps. Two yew trees have survived from the late 17th or early 18th century. Here is just a taster:
• In the nineteenth century the park was famed for its cedars and conifers. There are 77 cedars, many of which are mature and 9 have a trunk diameter in excess of 100cm. There are also 8 mature Swamp Cypress, Giant Redwood and Coast Redwood.
• Five common oaks are at least 150 years old.
• Of 113 limes, some common limes are around 200 years old.
• Other species of interest include a very large beech, sweet chestnut and plane as well as Gingko, 43 walnuts, Mulberry, magnolia, Chusan palm (Trachycarpus Fortunei), Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa) and Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera).
• The Chinese Oak (Quercus dentata) near the stables is registered with the British Museum as there are only five in the country.