The mighty, gnarled plane trees of Meads are thought to have been planted together with the limes in 1781 as part of William Bowles’s plan to improve the Fellow’s pleasure grounds. The College still has a record of the bill for work - £37.17s.7d, including ‘two large planes’ at 1/- each to Isaac Keen of Southampton.
It is thought the trees should last for 300 years, but to ensure an orderly and gradual succession rather than seeing them all replaced at once in c.2081, cuttings were taken from each of the trees three years ago and raised at Hillier’s nursery.
In late March six were planted around Meads, another in the Warden’s Garden and two in Lavender Meads, to replace ash trees suffering from die-back. Several more will be planted as part of the Southern Campus project and some will be planted at St Cross Hospital.
The work has been generously funded by Sir Richard Storey (Bramston's, 1950-55), who has also commissioned artist Emily Patrick to paint Meads in oils.
Let us hope that a generous Wykehamist is around to fund their replacement in time for William of Wykeham’s 1000th birthday in 2320.
29th May 2020
The role of our Porters - providing a warm welcome - as well as security for the school is as important today as it was 600 years ago. Suzanne Foster, our College Archivist, explains how the job has evolved over the centuries.
8th May 2020
On the anniversary of VE day, we look back at how Winchester marked this day in history.
27th April 2020
In view of the current COVID-19 outbreak, Tim Giddings examines the school’s previous encounters with epidemics.
8th January 2020
The stunning collection of Chinese art bequeathed to the school by Major Montagu and Eileen Duberly in honour of their son James, is now available to view online through the development of a new Winchester College Collections Database.
4th November 2019
At the opening of the Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom, we welcomed family, friends, teachers and House staff to remember Cameron and celebrate his legacy in the form of this inspiring new learning space.
30th September 2019
The Treasury museum at the school is now free to the public and open daily, as we make these wonderful treasures more accessible to all.