People will have the chance to learn about the variety of trees in Lydiard Park thanks to a special guided walk on Sunday (17 June).
Lydiard Park warden Mark Eborn will lead the walk through the wooded areas of the Swindon Borough Council-owned historic park between 10.30am and 12.30pm and will point out the species of trees to be found in the park as well as giving information on the history of the woodlands and how they are being actively managed.
The walk will cover about three miles and, although some stretches will be over uneven ground, it will be taken at a gentle pace. Those wishing to take part should meet outside the café by the children’s play area at 10.30am and should wear appropriate footwear and clothes.
Mark Eborn, Lydiard Park Warden, said: “Lydiard Park is home to some beautiful and very old trees, which provide a wonderful and essential habitat for wildlife.
“These trees are some of the most striking and best-loved features of this historic park and are especially impressive in summer. They range from the magnificent chestnut and Cedar of Lebanon trees on the lawns to more diverse species in the woodlands around the lakes and parkland.
“There are also thousands of new saplings planted in the last couple of years on the western edge of the park to replace woodland trees felled in the 1940s, which provided timber for the war effort.”
The guided walk is free but must be booked in advance by calling Lydiard Park on 01793 770401 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The walk is part of an on-going programme of events at Lydiard Park for more information, please go to the website www.lydiardpark.org.uk or call Lydiard Park on 01793 770401.