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Part of the Golders Hill Park stumpery

A return to fashion for a Victorian garden craze

We have created a Stumpery in Golders Hill Park as an interesting feature and a habitat for wildlife. A Stumpery is an artistically arranged collection of tree stumps, planted with ferns and woodland plants which develops the right conditions for mosses and lichens to flourish.

The first Stumpery in the country was built in 1856 at Biddulph Grange Gardens in Staffordshire, now managed by The National Trust. They became popular in Victorian gardens, but later fell out of favour. However, they have once again become fashionable, in part due to HRH The Prince of Wales who recently created his own Stumpery. Indeed our initial plan for a Stumpery was further inspired by a staff visit to his Highgrove residence. As a result the project became a collaboration between City of London Open Spaces staff, with expert assistance and advice from Andrew Tolman, a former Senior Gardener at Highgrove.

Our Stumpery is located in an area previously occupied by low-grade amenity planting and is designed as a natural sculpture. It provides nesting and feeding sites for insects and birds and has plenty of hiding places for small mammals such as hedgehogs.

We are still developing the Stumpery, collecting contorted root stumps from dead oaks, sweet chestnuts and yews. We chose stumps that cant stay in their current location and would otherwise be removed.

Our Stumpery is viewable during Golders Hill Park's normal opening hours.

11 February 2014
Last Modified:
29 September 2017