Bentley Priory Nature Trail
The woodland here is dominated by hornbeam, although you can also see sycamore and horse chestnut.
The first Marquis of Abercorn bought Bentley Priory in 1786. Sir Uvedale Price, his landscape gardener, designed much of the parkland that we see today. To the left of the path at this point is a raised causeway, like a miniature railway embankment. This raised path was created so that the marquis could ride around his park without going through any mud. On the causeway, close to the metalled path, you can see some trees with characteristic horizontal bands on the bark. These are the wild cherry or gean Prunus avium; the fruit are loved by foxes. In March and April look up into the crowns to make out the blossom.
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here to learn more about the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum including
guided walks and conservation workdays.