Home > Events > ATF Spring Field Visit to Stanway House

Thursday 12th March 2020

ATF Spring Field Visit to Stanway House

Location: Stanway House Estate, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5PQ

Stanway Park avenue of trees (photo credit: Tom Hamments)

Come and join the ATF at this Spring’s field event, which takes place at Stanway House, near Cheltenham.

We are able to allow a few more people to attend this event.  Please respond quickly if you are interested.

Thanks to the newly formed Gloucestershire group (whose official launch is a part of this trip), and by kind permission of Lord Wemyss, we have an opportunity to visit parts of this estate not normally open to the public. It is an estate with many layers of history evident in the landscape and trees visible today, with a fine and varied collection of ancient, veteran, and other notable trees.

Stanway House stands on the north side of the hamlet of Stanway, east of St Peter’s church, and has noted history back to the 1500s and earlier. At one time owned by Tewkesbury Abbey, the estate has a former Tithe Barn (listed grade 1) of about C1370. The present Stanway House is a Jacobean Manor (listed grade 1) of about C1700.

A park had been made by 1683, although it is said to have been ploughed up C1700 (the parkland is underlain with visible ridge and furrow). The parkland trees are mainly scattered oak and sweet chestnut, some mid to late C1800, with coniferous specimen trees of the designed landscape from C1900s.

The woodland south of the Cascade, the arboretum and the land running downslope to the north end of the grove of yews south of the gardens, contains many specimen trees, perhaps including some of those planted by Henrietta Tracy-Keck who owned and lived at Stanway from 1783 until her death in 1817 – she is said (guidebook) to have laid out the park and planted many of its trees.

Timings, directions and the risk assessment will be sent out two weeks before.

  • Booking is essential, as numbers are limited – so if you would like to attend please use the booking form below.
  • Please bring your own packed lunch/refreshments.
  • Please check the weather and wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
  • Start time 10 for 10:30 am.  The site is large so this will be an all day walk.  We aim to finish by 4 pm.

Booking Information

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

To book your place, please click the ‘Book now’ button below. Once the meeting becomes full, we will update the website with information about a reserve list. NB: The booking system automatically sends you an acknowledgement of the booking form, but your place is not confirmed until you hear from our Admin team directly.

Please Contact Us Here if you have any queries regarding booking. Please note that there may be a slight delay before you receive a response.

The ATF uses photographs for publicity including on our website, please Contact Us Here if you do NOT want to appear in any such photographs.

Book Now

Booking Form

ATF Spring Field Meeting Stanway House
Thursday 12th March, 2020 at 10.30

Is this your first event with the Ancient Tree Forum?
Would you be happy for us to share your telephone contact details with the organisers of this event?
Please could you tell us what capacity most accurately describes you?
Please let us have your mobile telephone number or other contact number in case we need to contact you at short notice.

Name Email First Aid

2 Comments | Leave a Comment

  • Roger Plowden says:
    Posted February 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Would like to attend meeting on 12/3/20 as have a particular interest in ancient trees and woodlands

    • Julia Nicholas says:
      Posted February 14, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Hello Roger
      I’ll happily add your name to the list in the hope that some more places become available.


Leave a comment: