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Wivenhoe Park Millennium Oaks
To commemorate the millennium 60 oaks were planted in Wivenhoe Park, University of Essex, UK in November 2000. This project was the brainchild of Prof. Tim Gray of the Department of Biological Sciences.
The oaks ranged from North America to the Far East; I planted a Portuguese oak (Quercus faginea), number 19. Years later as I could not find it, I got involved with this collection. After a lot of fieldwork I have located and (roughly) identified them. Presently there are 52 millennium oaks, comprising 25 species, indicated in the map below.
The Wivenhoe Park millennium oaks were an inspirational project that has undoubtedly enriched the park.
PS: In order to raise the profile of this collection I have also written a paper:
Fremlin, M - The Wivenhoe Park millennium oaks collection - In memoriam Professor Tim Gray, 1937 - 2018. I submitted it to NNEE, a magazine of the Colchester Natural History Society and will let you know as soon as it is published.
Contact: Maria Fremlin
Last modified: 3 December 2018
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