Field visit to Fort Burgoyne near Dover

On 16th July, Field Club members were fortunate enough to access Fort Burgoyne, near Dover Castle, on one of its few open days.


This Palmerston fort, built in the 1860s to defend the south coast, is being restored by the Land Trust (

Here we had a rare opportunity to spend time with mature smooth-leaved elm (Ulmus minor) trees, including an impressive specimen at least as old as the fort and most probably older.

Photo and text courtesy of Simon Springate