Castle Park Tree Trail

Tree Trails are proving popular in Bristol. Recent examples include The Downs and Brandon Hill. Trails allow people to explore and enjoy some of Bristol’s fine – and growing – heritage of trees in our parks.

The Castle Park Trail was the idea of Ann Freeman, a long term user and supporter of the park. Richard Bland has contributed his usual extensive knowledge of trees. In this case we have been fortunate to have the input of Dave Trigger, the Council’s site manager at Castle Park from its creation. This 42 year role has involved planting all of the trees. Castle Park demonstrates how quickly trees can mature to create a beautiful green urban space.

I joined with Ann and Richard to select the route, and coordinate the leaflet design, including leaf illustrations. The Trail is unusual in having the selected trees labelled, allowing casual visitors to identify trees that interest them.

This community project has been made possible by a generous private donation, and funding by Bristol Civic Society and Bristol Naturalists Society.

Use this link for the Castle Park Tree Trail guide (PDF)

Roger Mortimer
September 2017

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