Special oak tree planted at Dyrham Park on Remembrance Day

Volunteer works in the lost terraces at Dyrham Park

An acorn from Dyrham Park planted two years ago by a family has been re-planted as a commemorative tree to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

National Trust staff and volunteers gathered at Dyrham Park on Wed 11 November 2015 to plant a tree in honour of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Designated War memorial

Dyrham Park was purchased using money from the National Land Fund in the 1950s as a designated war memorial and handed over to the National Trust for safe keeping. During the war, Dyrham Park was home to a nursery for evacuees from Bristol. 

In keeping with this title and history, the outdoors team took the opportunity to mark the special anniversary with an equally special gesture.

‘We couldn’t let the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War go by without marking it in some way,’ said Dale Dennehy, Garden and Park Manager at Dyrham Park. ‘When one of the families who joined us for seed planting a couple of years back returned with their oak sapling, it struck us how we might mark the event.’

Seed gathering and tree planting

Every year, Dyrham Park encourages families to connect with nature – running annual seed gathering and planting sessions. People are encouraged to return the following year with their saplings which will then be nurtured some more in the nursery and eventually planted in the parkland.

Dyrham Park also offers commemorative tree planting for all, between November and March ever year. A tree can be purchased  for £130, a suitable spot picked and a planting ceremony arranged with family and friends - the perfect way to mark a special occasion or remember a loved one.