Fifty two sweet chestnuts, eight oaks, one sycamore and a cedar make up the ancient and veteran tree stock in Greenwich Park. The ancient sweet chestnuts are relics of the formal avenues created for Charles II in the 1660s. Their slowly decaying hearts provide one of the most important habitats for rare and specialised invertebrates and fungi. These trees may look old and battered but will stay alive for many more years.
The Royal Parks has a specialist arboriculturalist responsible for all the trees in the Park and their regular surveys. There are nearly 4000 trees in Greenwich Park. The majority are in the 50 to 100 year old age range.
Ancient and notable Trees - The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust and its partner organisations aim to record and map all the ancient and notable trees in the UK. The Royal Parks have many of the most ancient trees in Europe, and photos and details of the Greenwich Park trees which have been included can be found through The Woodland Trust’s interactive map on The Woodland Trust: Ancient Trees
When the map of the UK loads, click on “Locate”. Enter Greenwich Park. When the map appears, click on Explore and check Ancient, Notable and Veteran trees. Tree icons appear on the map of the Park. Hover over an icon and details of the tree and its picture will appear