G2. Cut diagonally across the third field and enter the wood, where there is a bench on your right. Follow Broad Walk, taking the first right into Beech Grove.


As you cross the field look back to the Red Osier Dogwood 11 in the hedgerow. This has red autumn leaves and also distinctive red twigs that stand out all through the winter. The Common Dogwood 12 at the top of the path by the entrance to the wood is less showy with purple leaves and black berries.

In Broad Walk, English Oaks 13 dominate with their well known leaves, deeply grooved bark and twisted branches. Look out too for more Field Maple and Beech 14 with bright coloured oval leaves.

In Beech Grove you will pass beneath two massive Yews 15, which have wide spreading branches that droop to the ground forming a tent. At the time of the Domesday Book a line of Yews was planted to mark the boundary between Addington and Croydon and these are almost certainly descendants. Look out too for Sweet Chestnut 16 which litters the ground with spiky husks and edible nuts and everyone’s winter favourite, the evergreen Holly 17.


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