Sunday Field Trip 2019

Sunday Field Trip

to Dartington Hall Estate

8th September 2019

From 12:00 to 17:00

The conference will begin with a visit on Sunday 8th September to the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate in Totnes, home to a fantastic tree collection and some innovative projects.

Dartington Hall Courtyard

The Gardens at Dartington are steeped in history; a monument to the vision and enterprise of the great families who have owned it. Dartington originated in the 1390s when John Holand, the half brother to King Richard II, created a medieval manor house on the hillside overlooking the river Dart.

Trees are a principal feature of the gardens, which appear on the Tree register and have a Grade 2 listing, with many veteran and some ancient trees. Many of the great trees so prominent in the gardens today, including the Platanus x acerifolia, Quercus sp, 300-400-year-old Castanea sativa, were planted by the Champernowne family, who lived in the hall for 366 years.

Due to the age of the trees there is a possibility that their life-span is ending in the next half century. Dartington is also home to one of Britain’s rarest native trees – the Black Poplar (Populus nigra subsp. Betulifolia).

There are thought to be only 7000 left in Britain but the Dartington Estate is lucky enough to have 4 Black Poplar trees. The estate has also played host to The Agroforestry Research Trust for some years and encouraging a wider uptake of agroforestry on the estate became a priority as part of its Land Use Review.

Dartington Hall Tiltyard
Dartington Hall Grounds
Dartington Hall Willow Deer