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  • England , Stoke Newington

    This was the first non-denominational garden cemetery in Europe. The buildings are by William Hosking. The planting, by George Loddiges, included an educational arboretum which still survives in part. The present (1990s) management as a nature reserve is in marked contrast with the highly ornamental, Gardenesque style of the mid-19th-century cemetery, where the only woodland planting was in the perimeter belts.

  • England , Ashtead

    Ashtead Park, originally laid out in the late 17th century, is now in divided ownership. The southern half contains the formal gardens and pleasure grounds around the house, which has been a school since the early 20th century. The northern half is a local nature reserve with oak woodland, open parkland areas and lakes.

  • England , Greater London

    Barnsbury Wood is an area of woodland between Thornhill Crescent and Huntingdon Street left as open land when the Thornhill Estate was built in the 1850s. It is now managed for ecology and is the smallest nature reserve in London.

  • England , Barnwood, Gloucester, Glos

    The site was originally a private mental asylum which encouraged patients to engage in sports. Vegetables were provided from their own kitchen garden and rare trees were planted to enhance the airing gardens. Following redevelopment many of the trees are now in a public arboretum.

    Plan of Barnwood House Hospital Plan of Barnwood House Hospital

  • England , Walsall

    Barr Beacon Park, one of the highest points in the West Midlands, has panoramic views over neighbouring counties, lowland heath and a nature trail. The war memorial is an observatory on the highest point of the park. The memorial is a roofed structure of Portland stone, approached by broad steps.

  • England , Cranbrook

    The National Pinetum at Bedgebury was established as the National Conifer Collection in 1925. It is now recognised as the most complete collection of conifers on one site anywhere in the world. The collection has over 10,000 trees specimens growing across 320 acres (129 hectares); including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. The Pinetum is home to some 91 vulnerable or critically endangered species and five NCCPG National Collections (Yew, Juniper, Thuja, Lawson Cypress and Leyland Cypress) and contains some of the oldest and largest examples of conifers in Britain.

    Part/component of: Bedgebury Park

    Bedgebury National Pinetum Bedgebury National Pinetum

  • England , Greater London

    Russell's Nursery Estate housing estate abuts the woodland, which is partly freely accessible and partly a Nature Reserve managed as ecological woodland, having restricted access.

  • England , Stanmore

    Bentley Priory is a nature reserve and public open space occupying of a former late-18th/early-19th century country estate. The site slopes to the south with the mansion and pleasure grounds on the high point at the northern end. Features include the remains of a linear earthwork consisting of a bank and ditch, possibly part of a medieval deer park boundary.

  • England , Ipswich

    Blakenham Woodland Garden is a combination of traditional English Woodland and many exotic trees, shrubs and fowers planted over a period of 60 years.

  • England , Liphook

    A woodland garden created in the 1950s with lakeside walks, ornamental waterfowl and herbaceous borders. The site was gifted to the World Wildlife Fund but is now under threat from development.

  • England , Milton Keynes

    Bow Brickhill Park is medieval in origin but has since been planted over with woodland.

  • England , London

    Features of Cannon Hill Common include a lake and mature woodland. Part of the site is managed as a nature reserve.

  • England , Greater London

    The site is now managed as a local nature reserve. Earthworks here are believed to be the remains of a medieval hunting lodge that was at the northern end of a medieval deer park owned by Merton College, Oxford, so-called after William Merton, Lord of the Manor, who had enabled poor scholars to go to Oxford University.

  • Scotland , Glasgow

    The Wilderness Plantation is a block of semi-natural woodland, consisting mainly of birch and beech. It has the same broad outline as a mid-18th-century formal plantation that was part of the designed landscape of the Cawder estate.

    Part/component of: Cawder

  • England , Greater London

    Cherry Wood is a remnant of old woodland that once covered a larger area but was eventually built over by residential development. Until 1990 it was neglected and used as a dump, but work to enhance it was then undertaken by LB Merton and Cherry Wood was established as a nature reserve in 2000.

  • Northern Ireland , Armagh

    Church Hill is a 17th-century demesne, the house having been demolished in the 1920s. The site was once renowned for its fine trees and specimens.

  • England , Greater London

    Now a nature reserve managed by Essex Wildlife Trust, Cranham Marsh is all that remains of a much larger area of marshland in Essex. The site today has woodland, ponds, marshland and old pastures, with remains of old hedgerows. A river, a tributary of the Mardyke in Thurrock, runs through Cranham Marsh. Some of the largest ash trees in Essex are found in Spring Wood, and to the east is a smaller woodland with oak and ash, Middle Wood. Parts of the woods are coppiced on a 12-year cycle.

  • Northern Ireland , Newtownbutler

    Crom is a heavily-wooded lough shore and island demesne. The 17th-century ruinous bawn house with an adjacent pair of ancient yew trees and elements of the formal garden remain. Elsewhere landscaping by W.S. Gilpin of 1838 is associated with the contemporary house. There are many estate buildings.

    Crom Castle, the boathouse Crom Castle, the boathouse

  • England , Greater London

    Dacres Wood Nature Reserve is next to the railway line on the site of the former garden of a Victorian house called Irongates. When the former Croydon Canal was discovered in 1990, a pond was formed by digging out the canal bed, with a new pond was created in the north.

    Part/component of: Lee, The

  • England , Greater London

    Darlands Lake Nature Reserve consists of an ornamental lake, surrounding woodland belt and a fenced path from Totteridge Lane. In 1982 Darlands Lake Nature Reserve was established, its main approach quite close to the C19th entrance drive and route from the pleasure grounds to the lake. This passes close to a copse planted in 1810 to mark the Jubilee of George III.