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7th Jul, 2022

Walking tall with some of Charlecote Park's oldest residents

TREES are making a show of themselves at Charlecote Park.

A volunteer-led project has created a Tree Walk celebrating some of the historic parkland’s oldest residents.

The National Trust property has been home to the Lucy family for over 900 years and the refreshed Tree Walk, which is best enjoyed during quieter weekdays, takes visitors through some of the 200 acres of landscaped deer park on the estate.

The Tree Walk was created by Judy Klinkenberg, who has volunteered at Charlecote Park for around 12 years.

She said: “Charlecote has a wonderful collection of old, veteran and more recent trees. Having volunteered in the parkland for several years, I wanted to create the opportunity for people to be able to enjoy the trees in all seasons.

“From the different shapes, forms, barks, blossoms and leaves, to uncovering some of their stories and history such as when they were planted – there’s something fascinating to share about each of the featured trees.”

The Tree Walk was originally set up in the parkland before the pandemic and the team have since given it a makeover with new engraved slates – created by Stratford-based company – a revised route and a new leaflet.

“Some of these veteran trees are over 300 years old, imagine the stories they could tell and the changes they’ve seen!” added Judy.

“Many of them are kept alive through careful monitoring and considered maintenance work, and of course we couldn’t do any of this work without the help from our supporters and visitors. This Tree Walk is a celebration of everyone working together to look after nature, beauty and history.”

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