Cretaceous Arboretum at Connaught Gardens

Developing a fossil plant theme

Among the first flowering plants to evolve were magnolias and palms and these will be a main thread through the garden

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A wonderful new project is happening in Sidmouth’s most prestigious gardens, as covered in today’s Herald:

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A step back in time in Connaught Gardens

Things are happening in Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens with community organisations, councils and local companies joining together to take you back to the time of the dinosaurs.

Following on from their collaboration with the town council to plant trees at sites around the town, Sidmouth Arboretum has teamed up with East Devon District Council (EDDC), the Sid Vale Association, and Devon Wildlife Trust’s Seaton Jurassic to develop a fossil plant theme in areas of the garden that have become tired in recent years.

It is hoped the work will provide an enhanced educational experience for visiting families as well as complementing Sidmouth in Bloom’s excellent displays in the garden…

Over the next three years, three separate areas of the garden will be planted with trees and shrubs that link to the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic fossil records…

The whole scheme will be spread over three years with the Cretaceous area at the eastern end of the garden being developed this year. The Cretaceous period, from 145 to 64 million years ago, was dominated by the large dinosaurs, but it was the time when flowering plants began to develop. Among the first flowering plants to evolve were magnolias and palms and these will be a main thread through this part of the garden…

A step back in time in Connaught Gardens | sidmouthherald.co.uk

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Here are the plans from Natural Habitat Design – with thanks to the Arboretum:

Click here for high resolution: Phase 1 – Cretaceous Arboretum

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