Knoll Gardens owner hopes to save "iconic" Eucalyptus chapmaniana, fallen in recent storms

Knoll eucalpytus
Knoll eucalpytus

Knoll Gardens has made an appeal after having to temporarily close following the loss of two "iconic trees" in a storm on 15-16 February - a Monterey Pine and the garden’s tallest tree, a Eucalyptus chapmaniana.

Knoll owner Neil Lucas said: "It was a real wrench to wake up and discover these wonderful trees had fallen. The shallow rooted eucalyptus literally just toppled over as its roots had less and less solid ground to cling too. Its fall has seriously damaged a water feature, but if we are able to sensitively re-landscape the area we will try to save this iconic tree in its now, horizontal position. Sadly that is not an option for the Californian pine which will have to be cut down.

He added: "Alongside the gardens we also run a gardening charity. The Knoll Gardens Foundation promotes wildlife-friendly, sustainable gardening and it would be wonderful if there was someone who felt able to use our wood to create something which would make a permanent contribution to the value of the wildlife in garden and we could position in pride of place where this stately tree once stood.

"I have seen some stunning designs for bee houses which would fit beautifully into the landscape of the garden, but I’m very open to any good idea."

If you would like to help please contact Neil Lucas on 01202 873931 or email

The gardens at Knoll are closed while the clear up is underway.  The onsite nursery remains open for business.

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