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Part of the Golders Hill Park stumpery

A return to fashion for a Victorian garden craze

Our Stumpery in Golders Hill Park was created in 2013 and is both an interesting feature and a habitat for wildlife.

What is a Stumpery?

A Stumpery is an artistically-arranged collection of tree stumps, planted with ferns and woodland plants. Over time, it develops the right conditions for mosses and lichens to flourish.

A brief history of Stumperies

The first Stumpery in the country was built in 1856 at Biddulph Grange Gardens in Staffordshire, which is now managed by The National Trust, and went on to become popular in many Victorian gardens before slowly falling out of favour.

In recent years, stumperies have once again become fashionable. This is in large part due to His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, who began his own Stumpery at his Highgrove residence in the 1980s - and which continues to thrive even now.

Our initial plan for a Stumpery was further inspired by a staff visit to The Prince of Wales' Highgrove residence. 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.

What is our Stumpery for?

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. All of the stumps in our Stumpery are 'rehomed' stumps that can't stay in their current location and would otherwise be disposed of.

When can I see the Stumpery?

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

11 February 2014
Last Modified:
07 November 2019