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Tendring Hall Park arboricultural survey

In August 2014 RGS undertook a survey of the trees and woodlands at Tendring Hall Park, Suffolk; this was designed to input into a wider parkland survey that was being conducted by Historic Landscape Management Ltd (HLM). We were specifically required to identify, record and plot all veteran and ancient trees, along with mature trees that had veteran potential and any notable exotic species; in addition we were tasked with

A typical open grown veteran Oak, one of 142 at Tendring Hall
A typical open grown veteran Oak

A veteran Sweet Chestnut surveyed by RGS Tree services
A veteran Sweet Chestnut

providing management recommendations for the trees, with particular emphasis on maximising their longevity.

Tendring Hall Park is located at Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk. It is included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Covering 110 hectares the original landscape park was laid out by Humphrey Repton in 1791 for Sir William Rowley, the then owner of the estate. The mansion house of 1768 was demolished in 1955, only remnants of which now remain.

Many of the old trees on the site are in excess of 250 years of age, these are either English Oak or Sweet Chestnut; a total of 265 individual trees were recorded, 143 of which are veteran or ancient. Robert Yates was assisted on this occasion by John Smith of Mosaic Mapping; John was brought in for his expertise in GPS mapping, the product of which was a highly detailed map of tree locations to an accuracy of 1-2 metres.

RGS arboricultural consultants surveying a group of ancient Sweet Chestnut trees
Surveying a group of ancient Sweet Chestnut on the edge of a pasture field

Our final report, produced in September 2014, was able to prove the existence of a largely unknown and formerly undocumented population of ancient and veteran Oak and Sweet Chestnut. This information will help to inform and influence the long term parkland management plan which HLM will submit to the current owners of the estate.

Remnants of an historic Lime avenue surveyed by RGS
Remnants of an historic Lime avenue