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Luton Hoo Estate grand entrance

Luton Hoo lime avenue - photo by Dorothy Downes, project volunteer

This splendid lime avenue runs for over a kilometre and is made up of a staggering 200 trees. It has been the subject of some sleuthing by project volunteer Dorothy Downes.

Apparently the avenue was planted by John Shaw Leigh, who bought Luton Hoo estate in 1847.

The exact date of planting is unknown, but the limes can be seen in maps of the area from 1880 onwards. The trees were probably planted a little earlier than this; the lime avenue is the main entrance to guests arriving from the railway station, which was built in 1860, and it would have been rather shoddy for the estate owner to have not provided a grand entrance for his visitors!

In any case, the trees certainly provide a stunning entrance now, standing at around 30 metres tall.

Measuring one of the younger limes - photo by Maureen Cockerell, project volunteerDorothy can be seen here, measuring one of the younger limes which were planted to fill in gaps as old trees perished.

Getting There

This avenue is on private property



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