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Research Historic Parkland

The story of our landscape is a fascinating tale, and one that’s only half told. We can help you to become a history detective.

Devon has a large number of parks and gardens, many by famous landscape designers, and these are particularly concentrated around Exeter and the Clyst Valley. The parklands include majestic oak trees and other native trees. However, they also have grand specimen trees that were introduced, propagated and planted during the 19th century. For example, there are many large Wellingtonia or Giant Sequoia which plant hunter William Lobb first brought to Devon in 1853 for the famous Veitch nurseries of Exeter. Many of the plants that we enjoy in our gardens today were first propagated by the Veitch family, who later established the Chelsea Flower Show.

A 1947 aerial image of Bishop’s Court, near Sowton, palace of the Bishops of Exeter from the 13th century. What can you see?