A guide to some of the ‘Great Trees of Dorchester’ – great in terms of their size or unusual character. You are invited to nominate your own favourite giant, and to let us know of any large trees in town that we might have missed.
We are creating a map to illustrate the locations of these Giants so we can show people where they can go in Dorchester if they want the company of big trees.
This fabulous Copper Beech in Borough Gardens has been nominated as a ‘Giant’ by Simon who has met many trees in his travels around the UK. There are several very large Copper Beech in the Gardens and they may well be part of the original planting scheme when the Gardens were first laid out.
This Sycamore is reported to be the tallest in Dorchester and has a girth of at least three hugs. It stands by the Millstream at the eastern end of Frome Terrace. Do you know a taller Sycamore in town?
Individually these two Horse Chestnuts might not be enormous, but standing together at the Junction at the western end of South Street, they are very impressive. Were they planted or have they grown from two discarded conkers…?
We think this is one of the largest Norway Maples in Dorchester. It can be found at the junction between High Street West and Albert Road, by the Top O’ Town roundabout
Dorchester has several large Sycamores. This one is known as the ‘Beacon Sycamore’ as it stands next to the Town Beacon on Salisbury Field.
There are several large Copper Beech in Dorchester, and one wonders it they were all planted around the same time. This one stands on the edge of the car park off Trinity Street.
This tree is so big it is hard to photograph well enough for you to appreciate it’s true size. It is a Field Maple, normally a small to medium sized tree associated with hedgerows and along the edges of woods. Here, on the line of the old Roman Walls that surround Dorchester on three sides, it has grown to an enormous size, home to Treecreepers and much, much more. It is hard to know how old it might be as you don’t often find Field Maple this large. Perhaps we should give it a name – any suggestions?
Horse Chestnuts seem to thrive in Dorchester. They have been planted in good numbers along the Walks, specially West and South Walks, and along Bowling Alley Walk. Mature Horse Chestnuts are also a prominent feature on Salisbury Field. This fine specimen can be seen at Frome Terrace and is particularly spectacular when seen from the path along the Millstream.