Category Archives: Trees

A set of posts describing the key trees to be found at Compton Verney.

Ice House Coppice Trees

With the wonderful Batsford just a few miles away it would be folly of me to refer to the tree collection at Compton Verney as anything like an arboretum. However, as it’s National Tree Week, and especially if you’re interested in trees and country walks, then it might be wise not to overlook the trees of Compton Verney.

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© Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2015

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National Tree Week

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This week (28th November – 6th December) sees the return of National Tree Week. Managed by The Tree Council, it is ‘the largest UK tree celebration – annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season’. Many events are planned around the country from identification sessions to community planting opportunities of group and specimen trees, so do check out the Tree Council web link for your nearest event.
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Tree Climbing at Compton Verney

This weekend sees the return of organised tree climbing at Compton Verney. Despite a set-back last month when a bee swarm alighted on our favoured London Plane tree, we’re confident for the coming sessions with a choice of two trees now available to the organisers The Great Big Tree Climbing Company.

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Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Compton Verney. They will teach you how to enter a tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can’t be found on the ground and if you’re feeling brave try some branch walking before being lowered to the ground ! Each session contains a maximum of eight participants, creating a unique and intimate experience.

This Saturday, July 4th. Sessions available from 10:00am to 4:45pm – £18.50 per session + booking fee. Entry to Compton Verney charged separately – free for members and season pass holders.

There are still places remaining on the sessions, which can be booked directly with BTCC via the link below.

BIG TREE CLIMBING COMPANY – Saturday July 4th at Compton Verney

Planting the East Park at Compton Verney

Planting is continuing this winter season in the East Park at Compton Verney, with support as always from Natural England under a countryside stewardship agreement. We’ve also thankfully gained additional financial support from Mercers’. The end result will see more avenue trees, a copse and Capability Brown tree ‘clump’ restored.

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Preparing 50+ planting holes… © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

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