The Albert Edward Oak

The Albert Edward Oak, the oldest tree in the Botanical Gardens.

This tree was planted on the 9th July 1863 in celebration of the marriage of Prince Albert to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. This tree is now regarded to be the beginning of the gardens that we know today.

Prior to 1863, the gardens were mainly wetlands and sand dunes, believe it or not. I can’t imagine what it took to give us the garden’s that was to “be reserved for ever as a public park, and to be open for the recreation and enjoyment of the public” – as it was written in 1855.

The Albert Edward Oak can be found south west of the Archery Lawn, close to the Avon.

http://www.ccc.govt.nz/cityleisure/parkswalkways/christchurchbotanicgardens/index.aspx

*Photo taken by Chris Bulovic*

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