Hughenden Manor (NT)

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Garden Category: South Midlands Gardens

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  • The Manor was the home of Prime Minister and statesman Benjamin Disraeli from 1847 until his death in 1881. The park and woodland have lovely walks and the garden is a recreation of the original colourful design of his wife, Mary Anne. Lawns, terraced garden, herbaceous border, formal annual bedding, walled garden and orchard. Attractive riverside, park and woodland trails. Hughenden is the home to the UK’s largest horse chestnut tree, named a Champion Tree by the National Tree Register that’s over 300 years old. The tree, which stands in the Hughenden parkland, has a girth measurement of 7.33 metres (just over 24 feet) and it’s this enormous girth which clinched its championship status. Until the Hughenden chestnut tree claimed its crown, the largest known was at Whitchurch in Hampshire which is 13 centimetres smaller. ‘We are so proud of our tree,’ says Steve. ‘It’s impossible to date precisely but it’s certainly over 300 years old, so it pre-dates many of the other trees at Hughenden which were planted by Benjamin Disraeli in the 19th century. It produces bucket-loads of conkers every year and if it could speak, it would have plenty of stories to tell.’

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