The Beech Avenue Poole
Kingston Lacy
Nr Wimborne Minster
Dorset
 
 
On the Wimborne Minster to Blandford B3082 road is a beautiful avenue of beech trees. The avenue stretches for 2½ miles (4 km) and was originally the main driveway for Kingston Lacy House.
 
In 1885 William John Bankes, then owner of Kingston Lacy, planted 731 trees along their driveway as a gift to his mother, Frances.
 
For 170 odd years these trees have been part of the Dorset landscape. Unfortunately, time is not on their side and some of the trees are dying, leaving gaps in the avenue.
 
For reasons of safety the National Trust has been forced to cut down the ailing trees. Locals have been encouraged to record for posterity this magnificent avenue before it disappears.
 
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Getting There
- From London By Car
Exit the M25 London Ring Road motorway at junction 12 and take the M3 passing Basingstoke and Winchester and at Southampton take the M27 west. The M27 becomes the A31.
 
Follow the A31 towards Wimborne Minster and at the A350 junction head northeast towards Blandford Forum.
 
The turnoff to Shapwick is about 1 mile (1.6 km) on the right. Kingston Lacy turnoff is at Shapwick.
 
Google Map - Beech Avenue