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Acorns to Ancients in the South East

Here's a list of our favourite trees in the South East:

  • Tree 2919, Greater London; A sweet chestnut in Greenwich Park, this tree is one of many in the park that you can gather seeds from so you’ll not have to worry about running out! Greenwich Park is one of London’s Royal Parks and is over 600 years old; you could continue the royal tradition in your own back yard.
  • Tree 10167, Buckinghamshire; The “Bus Stop Tree” on Downley Common, High Wycombe. This tree was so called because children used to pretend to ‘play at buses’ and pretend to catch a bus from the tree. Perhaps if seeds are collected from the tree we’ll find some more bus stops around the county.
  • Tree 2666, East Sussex; The Broadstone Warren Beech is located not far from Ashdown Forest, which is supposedly where A.A Milne based Winnie The Pooh’s wood. So keep an eye out for Tigger & co. when collecting your seeds.
  • Tree 3215, Essex; The Dicken’s Oak in Chigwell is a great literary tree. It is supposed that Charles Dickens knew the tree and took as inspiration for a particular location in the book ‘Barnaby Rudge’. Perhaps you will be inspired to write your own novel as you collect your seeds.
  • Tree 1449, Hampshire; Take a trip to the New Forest and you cannot fail to find a tree from which to gather your seeds. Named in 1079 by William the Conqueror, there are numerous famous trees within. These include the so called "Queen of the Forest" which is surrounded by the "Monarch’s Grove".
  • Tree 2438, Kent; The Law Day Oak in Bonnington is famed for its role in the governance of the village in Elizabethan times. In bygone years it was used by local courts to hear pleas and even to this day the Bonnington Parish meeting is held under its branches.
  • Tree 6512, Surrey; The Crouch Oak in Addlestone is a fantastic urban tree located slap bang in the middle of two roads and is rumoured to be over 700 years old. Local folklore suggests it was used by preachers, such as Wycliffe to give sermons in the middle ages.
  • Tree 1462, Berkshire; One of many fantastic trees in the Windsor Royal Parks; this tree is believed to be the remaining part of the famous Conqueror’s Oak. Folklore suggests that many of the trees in the park could lay claim to being the Conqueror’s Oak as they were around during William’s time – but this is the largest remaining specimen. You could take a piece of royal history home to plant in the garden.
Tree 2666, Broadstone Warren. Photo ATH/Ali Wright.