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Croft Castle Park

Location: Yarpole, near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9PW

Region: Midlands

Grid Ref: SO4565

Owner / Manager: National Trust

Access: There is public access to the parkland from dawn to dusk

 by Brian Muelaner

Oak avenue at Croft Castle Park

There are many ancient and veteran trees here including a Spanish chestnut avenue which is thought to date from 1580 to 1680 and is linked to the Spanish Armarda, an avenue of ancient oaks (pictured), beech and lime avenues, a 1000 year old Quarry oak and a hawthorn orchard.

The National Trust has put together an Ancient Tree Walk and films have been made about the sweet chestnut avenue and the hawthorn orchard.

Volunteer ranger John Parsons has put together a blog about Croft Castle Park , which includes further information about the ancient trees and about the work of the rangers in preserving them, for example through the removal of commercial fir plantations and returning the land to wood pasture.




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