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Trees in the Park

While bishops have come and gone, the trees they planted still remain. Some were planted 100s of years ago.

We are fortunate at Bishop’s Park to have many fine mature tree specimens.  The majority are in the parkland where visitors can enjoy them in all seasons.

On the edge of the Jenkinson garden you can spot our slow growing Box trees (Buxus sempervirens).  Incredibly these were originally ornamental hedges planted more than 200 years ago.

Our three Lime trees were planted more than 300 years ago in Bishop Ottley’s time, and the wonderful, graceful. London Plane trees (Platanus x hispanica), with their large, maple like leaves and wonderful patchwork bark (anything but plain!) are over 150 years old.

Many of the mature trees in the Park came from overseas – as successive Bishop’s demonstrated their fashionable taste by planting the latest specimens.  The Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) is from Chile, and the Dawn Redwood tree (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) from China, is the tallest of its kind growing in Carmarthenshire.

Trees like the great beech and oak trees in the woodland and very old parkland trees in the meadow are home to hundreds of different species of insects. These help to feed the many birds that live and nest here.