Lullingstone Park is home to over 300 veteran oak, beech, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut trees – some thought to be 800 years old. This project aims to help protect, sustain and manage notable trees so they can flourish for years to come.

Immortalised in the inspired and visionary paintings and sketches of British artist, Samuel Palmer, almost 200 years ago, the ancient and notable trees of Lullingstone Park bring awe and joy to visitors of the precious Darent Valley.

Our project, Samuel Palmer’s Great Veterans of Lullingstone Park, aims to protect, sustain and manage these great veteran and notable trees. The goal is to ensure that they can flourish for many years to come, and continue to inspire residents and visitors alike.

As part of the DVLPS project the Veteran trees at Lullingstone Country Park have been assessed and recorded and management suggestions have been made by experts. This will help the Country Parks team prioritise and mange the trees in the future.

Oak Processionary Moth, which is an invasive non native species that can cause damage to oak trees, has been spotted at the country park. In response to this DVLP and the Countryside Management Partnerships have teamed up with Forestry Comission to deliver some training to land managers and volunteers in the area. This training has enabled an early warning system to be set up so field signs can be recognised and reported as soon as possible so infestations do not spread.

Many of these magnificent trees, along with the wider landscape, are recognisable in Samuel Palmer’s paintings and sketches; they appear today just as they did nearly 200 years ago to Palmer. Art lovers can especially appreciate this direct and visible link with Samuel Palmer’s work.

  • Protecting, sustaining and managing veteran trees
  • Highlighting the cultural connection to our landscape
  • Ensuring longevity and connection for years to come

 

Best way to travel

Lullingstone Park and its veteran trees is part of Lullingstone Country Park, just south of Eynsford. The nearest train station is Eynsford (1.1miles, 1.8km). Alternatively, follow the brown tourist signs to the Country Park from the A225.

If you would like more information on our Samuel Palmer’s Great Veteran Trees of Lullingstone Park project, please contact darent.valley@kentdowns.org.uk

Spiky green leaves of Butcher's Broom plant in woodland
Close up of dead wood tree on its side
Tall thin trees with bluebells on woodland floor
Large old tree lying on its side
Tall wide tree
Brown bracken fungus on woodland floor
Large old tree with hollowed centre
Large old tree
Nest of Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillars on trunk of oak tree
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