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Walk the Winchester Tree Trail

Abbey Gardens

Abbey Gardens

Winchester is filled with trees of all shapes and sizes. But how much do you know about them?

Well, with the help of our brand-new Winchester Tree Trail, you’ll learn all about over 20 species that provide us with beauty and shade in the city centre – from the Common Beech to the Japanese Cedar tree.

A special leaflet has been made to help, with directions, a map, and photos – so that you can tell which trees you’re looking at as you pass some of Winchester’s most famous landmarks including the CathedralWinchester College and the City Mill.

A glimpse of the Tree Trail leaflet

There are also facts about the trees (for example, did you know the Judas tree is noted for it’s deep pink flowers), and a note about the city council’s pledge to protect the city and district’s natural areas as part of it’s Biodiversity Action Plan – which aims to halt the loss of habitats and species, and recreate habitats to restore biodiversity.

The Judas tree’s deep pink flowers, next to Winchester City Mill

The leaflet is available from the Visitor Information Centre (on the ground floor of Winchester Guildhall), and is completely free – so pop in to get one, and while you’re there, see what else is on offer in and around the city and across the rest of the district. Or go paperless and find the trail here.

Stumped – get it! – when to take the trail?

Why not step out for a breath of fresh air this Sunday 26 September as part of Ordnance Survey’s National Get Outside Day. Or during National Tree Week, which runs from Saturday 27 November to Sunday 5 December.

Why not during Winchester Green Week? Taking place from Saturday 25 September to Sunday 03 October, the festival focuses on our impact on the planet and how making changes can help the environment. Winchester Green Week see the council working with Winchester Action for Climate Change (WinACC) – a local charity whose mission is to help cut greenhouse gas emissions in the district; and Green Week events include an allotment open day; make a hedgehog house workshop; city centre litter pick; farmers’ markets; the council’s Carbon Neutrality Open Forum; and more. Interested? To see what’s on, visit the WinACC Green Week events page.

Winchester College

Winchester College

But whenever you choose to take the trail, enjoy it, and appreciate all the nature before you.





Winchester City Council is committed to improving the environment

The Tree Trail comes at a time when Winchester City Council is working to improve the environment. As well as it’s Biodiversity Action Plan and Winchester Green Week, the council has also drawn up a Carbon Neutrality Action Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in the city by 2024, and the Winchester district by 2030 – with focus on the biggest sources of emissions (transport, property/housing and energy); and during Winchester Green Week the public can take part in the Carbon Neutrality Open Forum – a chance to discuss what needs to be done to achieve carbon neutrality. For tickets, visit the event page.

Last updated: Wednesday 22 September 2021