National Trust Wallington Tree Walk, Northumberland

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At the start of this walk there is a shop, cafe and toilets. Walk through the courtyard and towards the house, after admiring the house you will see the Nootka Cypress (Callitropsis nootkatensis) – a native of North America named after the Nootka Indian tribe. This one was planted at Wallington in c1890. This tree was voted the number one climbing tree in the National Trust as part of the “50 Things to do before you are 11¾” campaign.

Along this walk you will see many important trees, all with a story.

The “George Bernard Shaw Tree” – Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) – was planted by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1936 when he was a guest of Sir Charles and Molly Trevelyan.

“The George Otto Tree” – Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) – is native to North America. It was introduced to the UK in 1853 and this one was planted by George Otto Trevelyan in1882.
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The European Larch is native to Eastern Europe and was introduced to the UK in the 1600s. The oldest known European Larch is in Switzerland and is 860 years old.

The Giant Sequoia – (Sequoiadendron giganteum). This tree is native to the Sierra Nevada in California, USA. First planted in the UK in 1857 this one was planted at Wallington in c1892.

And finally, the Blackett Beech tree is one of the largest trees at Wallington.

This walk ends back at the court yard.