Haslemere Natural History Society

Providing a focus for enthusiastic naturalists of all ages

Ancient Trees in Petworth Park (National Trust)

Date: 21 October 2023
Time: 14:00
Directions: GR: SU966238 GU28 9LS Meet in Petworth Park, London Road, NORTH car park. Bring N/T Membership Card or credit card for parking. (Cash not accepted.)
Field Meeting

Leader: Gerald Gresham Cooke

With the exception of a Northern Oak with leaves beginning to change colour to orange and red, the trees on the walk were still green.
Gerald Gresham Cooke pointed out the plaque set in the Park wall “Beelzebub Oak” that marked the boundary between the parishes of Petworth and Tillington and was recorded by name in 1779.
Ascending the gentle gradient to Arbour Hill the oldest oak of all at 940 years old and the oldest Sweet Chestnut of 600 years were much admired.

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