Neptune Wood

What can I see?

  • Over 10,000 oak trees – planted to represent the tens of thousands of oak trees used to construct all the ships of the British fleet.
  • A series of maritime-themed willow sculptures – found in the open area between the car park and the wood.
  • Every species of tree that was used in a ship of Nelson’s time – planted in the arboretum area adjacent to the oaks.

What’s special about this place?

  • All of the trees in Neptune Wood were planted by local people, including 750 local school children.
  • The arboretum area includes Alder, which helped to keep gunpowder dry, and Rowan which was used to make bowls, hoops and barrels.
  • 8,000 oak trees in the wood are a provenance trial, a research experiment looking at how trees are adapted to different environmental conditions. The trees came from Great Britain, France and Spain – all the countries involved in the Battle of Trafalgar.