Lode - Angelsey Abbey (Cambridgeshire)
|Angelsey Abbey is rather a unique place in that they have recently planted no less than 36 Wellingtonia! These are in an area immediately outside the visitor center, and were put in place shortly after 1996 as part of their "Winter Walk", set up to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Huttleston Broughton who bought the Angelsey Abbey estate with his brother in 1926. The garden is now managed by the National Trust, and is really worth a visit.
There is a long walk around the garden which include several unusual and colourful trees and plants, as well as a working watermill. The mill was restored in 1982 by the Cambridgeshire Wind and Watermill Society and you can even buy flour ground by this mill.
There is a lovely big Wellingtonia by the house, as well as the remains of one unfortunate specimen that was hit by lightning some years back. You can see the shattered remains of this once great tree in the photograph - testimony to the power of a lightning strike.
You can read more about Anglesey Abbey and the estate on their website