Project Description

The Himalayan birch (Betula utilis Jacquemontii) at the entrance are the first hint of the fantastic selection of trees that grow within. A unique Emperor oak (Quercus dentata ‘Carl Ferris Miller’) on the left as you come into the park will have you guessing, and the multi-stemmed tupelo tree (Nyssa sylvatica) will grab your eye with its vibrant autumn colours. While the mainstay trees of the park are beech, oak and hornbeam, both existing and newly planted, it is the infill planting and unusual bits and pieces that will provide interest for most of the year.

In the autumn stunning colour is provided by Sorbus dodong ‘Olympic Flame’, upright pin oak (Quercus palustris ‘Green Pillar’), Freeman’s Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’), and golden birch (Betula costata), while in the spring and summer you have the beautiful Magnolia ‘Heaven Scent’, yellow flowering buckeye chestnut (Aesculus flava), and the handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata). Winter interest is provided by the Japanese cornel cherry (Cornus officinalis ‘Robins Pride’) which offers fantastic bright yellow flowers in late January/early February.

As you are led into the main body of the park you are met by weeping Japanese maples, rhododendrons (Inkarho rootstock) and multi-stemmed snake-bark maple (Acer davidii). The avenues around the playing pitches are planted with hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and turkey oak (Quercus cerris). These trees give the landscape scale and form, and should stand the park in good stead for the next 100 years. As you walk around by the weir an old scrubby area has been cleared away and planted with a fantastic selection of trees: big dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) grow alongside Chinese red birch (Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’), dogwoods (Cornus kousa ‘China Girl’), Persian ironwoods (Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’), ginkgos, sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa), sweet gums (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’) and Magnolia kobus amongst others. The selection of trees is fresh and exciting, with both a nod to the past and an eye to the future.