The conservationist and historian Dr Sarah Rutherford who has researched the reconstruction of a 19th-century landscape at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, said: “Using an Ordnance Survey map from 1904, we have been able to research details of how the landscape looked when it was at its peak. We’ve also used RAF aerial photographs from 1946 which show the park before its sale in 1951 which clearly show numerous trees.”
The National Trust project is reconstructing the 19th-century landscape and conservationists will plant 227 trees including the rare black poplar, white willow and oak. Ten remaining ancient trees will be incorporated back into the original design.
Dr. Sarah Rutherford is a founding member of Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust, www.bucksgardenstrust.org.uk
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