Lowndes Park Environment

Trees in Autumn The park is a great place to see a variety of wild plants and animals. At the top of the park you can often hear green woodpeckers and see red kites in flight. Birds ranging from blue tits to goldcrests can be seen in the lower park.

Speckled Wood in the Upper Park

The park is also a great place to spot mini-beasts, such as butterflies, dragonflies and crickets. The speckled wood (pictured left) was spotted in the upper park on a fine autumn day. As our plans to manage biodiversity progress, we hope to see many more plants and animals in the park.
  

 
Heritage Trees and Tree for the Future
There are trees of all ages, shapes and sizes in the park. Many trees have personal significance for individual Chesham residents, as over 120 trees were planted between 1983 and 1993 as part of the Family Tree Planting Scheme. There are also trees of historic significance: two Victory Oaks were planted in 1919 to celebrate the end of World War One. In 1992, the 40th anniversary of the Queen's accession was celebrated by the planting of 40 trees, known as the Sovereign Coppice, in the Upper Park.

Sovereign Coppice
 
The importance of the Sovereign Coppice has been recognised, as it now forms part of the Special Trees and Woods of the Chilterns. This scheme is run by the Chilterns Woodland Project to identify and record historically and culturally significant trees in the area. The 40 trees, composed of 12 native species, were planted in the shape of a crown as a living reminder of the occasion they commemorate. See the coppice's entry on the Chilterns Woodland Project web site.

On 22nd February 2010, the council adopted a Tree Management Policy (PDF, 223 KB) to look after the hundreds of trees growing on Council land. A special supplement for Lowndes Park was created that acknowledges the importance of trees to the park environment and ensures that the trees and hedges will be managed in a way that is appropriate to the site. An aim of the supplement is to create a more even age balance of the tree stock, so the Council is committed to planting trees in the park and suitable areas for planting have been identified, whilst safeguarding the beautiful views from the top of the park.