Where our Nation remembers
Visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum can see and learn about a wide variety of trees. Although still a ‘young’ Arboretum, there are already about 50,000 trees in the grounds which are growing rapidly into a unique living tribute.
The Beat is an avenue of London plane trees and some Horse Chestnuts, funded by every Police Force in the UK. Chestnuts were chosen because the first truncheons were made from this extremely durable wood.
Visitors to the Chapel will be struck by the twelve pillars of Douglas fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii. Construction of the Chapel began in 1999, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish plant collector, David Douglas. Between 1825 and 1827 he travelled a staggering 10,000 miles in Western Canada and North West USA on foot and by canoe, collecting and classifying plants. As a result of his efforts, 200 new plants were introduced to the UK, including the Douglas fir.
"The trees mean so much ... to many
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