England’s Green Planet
With the Commonwealth Games coming to an end and as London welcomes Commonwealth Heads of Government from around the globe for #CHOGM18, a one-off special documentary – The Queen’s Green Planet– will also be released. The documentary is centred around a lively conversation between Sir David Attenborough and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as they walk around the wooded gardens of Buckingham Palace focusing on the ‘Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy’ and her personal love of trees.
Woodland covers 12% of the Lake District and is home to some particularly special giants.
We thought we’d walk you around some of the finest tree’s in the Lake District and link up with some pretty gorgeous cottages along the way.
William Wordsworth’s mulberry
Head to Wray Castle on the quiet western shore of Lake Windermere and find a beautiful mulberry tree planted by William Wordsworth in 1845. Mulberry trees have long held the regard of England’s finest. In the 1600’s King James I created a four-acre Mulberry Garden in the grounds of St James’ Palace in the hope of gaining the global monopoly in silk-making, as silk worms only eat the leaves of white mulberry trees! The beautiful specimen on the 17th century Wray Castle Estate is a beautiful example.
View our Windermere Cottages here.
England’s tallest tree
Walk through a ‘gallery of giants’ on the Ambleside ‘The Champion Tree Trail’ in the very epicentre of the Lake District. Find England’s tallest tree, a Grand Fir, along this 45-minute walk through Skelghyll Woods, which is a gentle stroll and is dog friendly.
Parking is at Stagshaw Gardens, which is an enchanting woodland garden. Here you’ll find a ‘Painter’s Palette’, where an array of different camellias that were planted to depict an artist’s palette, complete with thumb hole. Michelin dining is nearby at The Samling too!
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Rydal Water, in the heart of the Lake District, is one of the region’s smallest lakes and boating is not permitted. Its surface is often, therefore, surreally still allowing for magical reflections of the lakeshore greenery. Look out for the photographer’s favourite ‘Rydal Tree’ – a petite oak standing alone on a miniature island and often casting spellbinding reflections.
View our Grasmere Cottages here.
Giant English wild cherry tree
The wild cherry tree is native to England and the powdery spring blossom is a delight not to be missed at this time of year. “Hanami” is the 5thcentury-old Japanese tradition of picnicking under a blooming cherry tree and many trees are planted specifically to encourage this. Whilst there are lots of places across the Lakes to enjoy a spring cherry tree display, England’s largest cherry tree can be found just outside the Lake District, into the Eden Valley at Maulds Meaburn. Whilst most wild English cherry trees only live 80-years or so, this one is significantly older!
View our Ullswater Cottages here.
An oak rarity
A plethora of rare and antiquated attractions can be found amidst the green splendour of England’s largest National Park, the Lake District. But, we recommend you seek out a rarely-seen purple-leaved common oak on The Woodland Walk at Holehird Gardens, Windermere.
Holehird Gardens are owned by the Lakeland Horticultural Society and is a hotbed for unusual plant and tree specimens. The beautiful purple-leaves of the common oak are seen together with Californian redwood, creating a remarkable canopy.
View our Troutbeck Cottages here.