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4,500 treasures found planted in park

PUBLISHED: 12:21 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

Elizabeth Frith and Sheila Gribben (inset) hunt arboreal treasures’

Elizabeth Frith and Sheila Gribben (inset) hunt arboreal treasures’

A NEW map has uncovered 4,500 treasures’ which have been found planted in East London. Three new tree walk’ leaflets about Victoria Park’s arboreal treasures’ have been issued by Tower Hamlets council to help people discover the history behind the leaves and bark

Elizabeth Frith and Sheila Gribben hunt 'arboreal treasures' in the park

A NEW map has uncovered 4,500 ' treasures' which have been found planted in East London.

Three new 'tree walk' leaflets about Victoria Park's 'arboreal treasures' have been issued by Tower Hamlets council to help people discover the history behind the leaves and bark.

"There is a wealth of 4,500 trees in the park," explained a Town Hall spokesman.

"Our new guides show the wide variety of trees and where to spot them-some are even as old as the park itself."

Vicky Park, which was designed in 1841 by James Pennethorne, is covered by three 'tree guides' which take in the East walk, West walk and the Avenue Perimeter walk.

Each guide includes a route map, with details about the trees on the journey. They list Magnolias, which flower twice a year, the small Purple Leaved Plum, which was discovered in 1880, and the London Plane, the most numerous.

Vicky Park, open every day except Christmas Day from 7am to dusk, was voted London's favourite open space in a recent Time Out poll-beating Ravenscourt Park on the other side of town.

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