Montacute House & Gardens Be a Tree Detective! Follow this trail around the gardens and discover some fascinating facts about trees! Name _______________________________________ From Visitor Reception, go up the path, through the hedge and turn right. Take the second right onto the Cedar Lawn. 1. Stop in front of one of the hedges. What shapes can you see in this ‘wibbly wobbly’ hedge?! 2. Look carefully at the branches. What kind of hedge is this? Giant redwood Yew Scots Pine DID YOU KNOW……………. These hedges were planted in Edwardian times. The family didn’t want to see the servants working so the hedges were planted to hide them! 3. Yew trees are evergreen – Most evergreen trees don’t lose their leaves in the winter. Find another evergreen tree on Cedar Lawn. Draw the needle shaped leaves, a cone (if you can see one!) and the bark. 4. Old trees like this provide a home for lots of different types of animal. Look and listen… Can you find evidence of the creatures that live here? (Tip: Look for spider webs, nibbled cones, Listen for birdsong) Draw or write them here. . 5. Find the Sweet Chestnut trees – their bark goes around the trunk in a spiral. Lie down and look up. What shapes can you see in the branches? Go back down the path and down the slope towards the House. Turn right and follow the path round. Look through the black gates in front of the House. 6. You will see an avenue of Lime trees. Why do you think were they planted in 2 straight lines like this? (Clue: the door behind you was the Front Door in Tudor times) CAN YOU SEE…………. The wooden tree guards around the younger trees? They protect them from the cattle and sheep that graze in the park.. Follow the path round to the right of the House. Turn right up the slope, then turn left to the Orangery. 7. Orange and lemon trees used to be kept in here in the winter. Now it is used as a conservatory for plants that like warmth & moisture. How has the Orangery been designed to keep it warm and moist inside? Turn right from the Orangery. Turn right and walk down the long, straight drive. At the second Yew tree, turn left onto the Family Picnic Area. 8. Find the huge log that was part of a Giant Redwood tree. This tree had a disease called Honey Fungus and had to be cut down. Estimate how old you think it was when it was cut down. years old. DID YOU KNOW….. Trees grow a new ring each year. 9. Find the totem pole. This tree was also diseased. It has been carved into a totem pole. How many mythical animals can you see? Draw or write them here. Go back to the entrance of the Family Picnic Area. Turn right up the curved path, go past the Victorian Stable Block and go into the Apple Orchard. 10. Can you spot bark that is…? Smooth DID YOU KNOW…… Bumpy Peeling Bark is like our skin – it protects the tree from disease. 11. Can you find...? A tree with branches growing up from the ground A tree with ivy growing up it A tree with moss growing on it Go back out of the Apple Orchard. 12. On your right is an old and twisted Yew tree with lots of branches. If this tree had a personality, what do you think it would be? Stand on the grass alongside the main drive. On the right you will find a Monterey Cypress tree. It was over 200 years old when it was struck by lightning. The gardeners have put up some bat boxes. Hundreds of bats now live in them. Bat facts! Bats are a protected species A baby bat is called a ‘pup’ Bats have a thumb and 4 fingers, just like people. Bats fingers are very long. If we had fingers like a bat, they would be longer than our legs! 13. Unscramble the letters to find out what different bats like to eat. ______/_____ mainIa/odolb _______ tscesni _____ uftir ______ recnat ____ hisf Well done – you have finished the tree trail!