Survey of historic trees is branching out

by | Jun 1, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

An ambitious campaign to catalogue legendary Sevenoaks trees is set to grow this summer.

The Sevenoaks Society says its mission to research, record and tell the stories behind the area’s top specimens will now expand into Riverhill and Lullingstone Castle.

Initially the project, known as The Remarkable Trees of Sevenoaks, was confined to the town. But with an exhibition now hitting the road, organisers have been adding to their displays.

The Riverhill event coincides with the Himalyan Gardens’ 200th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo.

The grounds are home to the Waterloo cedar which was planted in the year of the battle by the Buckley family, in memory of their only son who was killed in action aged just 18.

The Lullingstone exhibition will feature trees from Tom Hart Dyke’s World Garden, the castle grounds and Lullingstone Park.

The park alone has more than 300 ancient trees, including ash, hornbeam, beech and oak – some of which date back 700 years.

Keith Wade of the Sevenoaks Society told the Chronicle: “There is an interesting link between the two venues. At Riverhill, an old white mulberry tree was recently rescued from being overwhelmed by a yew hedge.

“Two hampers of its leaves were sent to Lullingstone Castle in 1947 when its silk farm ran short of this essential food for its silkworms – they were needed in the making of the satin wedding dress of Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II.”

He added: “These events raise awareness of the value of our trees and the need to understand and protect them.

“Young and old alike have the opportunity not just to learn about our most notable specimens and look at some stunning photographs, but they can also GO to see many of them in their home locations.”

The exhibition will be at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens from June 10 to 14 and June 17 to 19; and Lullinstone Castle from July 24 to 26 and July 31 to August 2.