I SPOTTED this tree just
inside the small entrance in the east wall of the
Garden (no trespassing was needed) and wondered if it
could be a omen about how the Elizabethan garden will look when it is
I hadn't seen it there
previously - just the "jungle" of overgrown plants.
It did strike
me as a little odd that the tree appeared to be in a
clear space in the jungle rather than it being part of
Did it just grow there?
Did it self-seed? Whatever happened it is certainly
better than the jungle that is there at present.
See this page.
Nantwich landscape gardener and plants expert Alderman Doug Butterill
what it was and he told me it's an Acer Palmatum
According to my
book of plant names that's an
evergreen tree with hand-like leaves. There are a number
of different varieties of Acer Palmatums
But best of
all, when I checked a book based on John Gerard's "Herball",
I saw that the Nantwich-born herbalist lists the Acer (the Latin name) or Maple (the English
as he described it, as one of the plants that were growing in
gardens in his days and so possibly that of the Townsend House gardens.
search confirmed that the walled garden plant was a Japanese Maple,
some of which grow up
to eight metres high with a spread of 10 metres.
I'm not for one minute suggesting the Nantwich tree is a descendant of
a tree that once grew in the Townsend House
gardens! But it makes it a good contender for a place in the
Omen goes missing!
THINGS had changed
returned to the site at the end of August. There
was no sign of the tree. Just the nettles that had spread
where it had been seen.
was not as I had feared. As a deciduous small tree,
the Japanese Maple flowers in mid spring and sheds
it leaves at the end of the growing season.
realise now that it was there but not
as prominent as in the picture.
hadn't been taken into safe keeping until it could
be returned to the garden
when it is restored. Nor had someone
thought it was going begging.