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Thursday 26th October 2017

ATF London visit to Kensington Gardens

Location: Kensington Gardens, London

Keith Alexander

Kensington Gardens

The inaugural London ATF field meeting will take place at Kensington Gardens, one of London’s eight Royal Parks which has more than 10,000,000 visitors per year.

Historically, Kensington Gardens was part of Hyde Park as one of Henry VIII’s hunting grounds. Later, in the 18th Century, Queen Caroline, the wife of King George II took 300 acres from Hyde Park and employed garden designer Charles Bridgeman to created a more formal design which the gardens are still based upon today.

Although Kensington Gardens was intended as a formal landscape, as the Royal residence moved from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace in the 1830’s, Kensington Gardens was allowed to grow wilder into the landscape we see today.

Today, Kensington Gardens hosts a population of veteran trees, most notably sweet chestnuts, some of which date back to the original plantings of Bridgeman’s landscape, as well as large areas of long grass and meadows. The visit will focus on a number of topics, including:

  • Veteran tree management in formal landscapes in very high use areas,
  • Fungi, decaying wood habitat, ecology and the utilisation of brambles,
  • Sustainable soils and the stresses placed on our soils.
  • Meadows, wood pasture and livestock grazing.

Booking Information

Places are limited so booking is essential.
There is limited paid parking so travelling on public transport is strongly advised.

To book a place or for more information please email Greg Packman at GPackman@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk.

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