Many attractive and rare trees can be seen in Central Park and the following locations hold special interest:

Pounds House lawns
The extensive lawns around Pounds House are home to a collection of mature specimen trees which include two Weymouth pines and a champion loquat tree below the house’s terrace. An unusual ring of pine trees is reputed to mark the spot where one of the estate’s owners buried his racehorses in the 19th century.

Coronation Avenue
The long avenue of red horse chestnuts on the north side of the Plymouth Argyle football stadium was planted by school children in 1937 to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI.

Discovery Way
Heading southwards from the clock tower roundabout, beyond the bowling greens is an avenue of elm trees. The variety is ‘Autumn Sapporo Gold’ and, although depleted because of wind damage, they have survived the devastating outbreaks of Dutch Elm Disease from 1970 onwards while other elms nearby have succumbed.

Jubilee Row
From the clock tower roundabout, take the path leading eastwards and slightly downhill to see trees planted in 2012 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They are Zelkovas near the bowling green and sweet chestnuts below the Family Tree Field.

Family Tree Field
This can be found just below the tennis courts near the top of Jubilee Row. The Family Tree Scheme started in 2004 and is now run by the local charity, Plymouth Tree Partnership. The design for the field is based on a theme of ‘discovery’ with trees planted according to their continent of origin. Growing in beauty year by year, this map shows where trees have been planted whilst this list gives their names.

Mature trees near the Family Tree Field
The trees with large boles near the Family Tree Field are old hedgerow ash trees that grew when Central Park was still farmland and, sadly, they are at risk from Ash Dieback Disease. Just inside the entrance from Barn Park Road is a large oak tree which also pre-dates the park’s opening in 1931. It is a very important feature with much value for wildlife.