Trinity College gardens extend for 36 acres including the well-known areas such as Great Court, Trinity Backs and Newton’s lawn, outside Great Gate, where “Newton’s Apple tree” stands.
The grand Trinity lime tree Avenue is flanked by cherry trees creating a space for spring crocus, white daffodils and red tulips. The spring here is a rather special sight followed by unspoilt flowering grasses and wildflowers, which are harvested later in the year.
There are many less well known areas such as the Fellows’ Bowling Green, an area laid out as such in 1647 but which was originally a garden for Kings Hall, one of the two colleges that were combined to form Trinity in 1546.
New Court has recently undergone a transformation and become a Spring tulip and bulb paradise and a Summer wild flower garden where College members can rest and contemplate from benches nestled under the large pink chestnut.
Across Queens Road is the 8 acre Fellows’ Garden which has impressive specimen trees, mixed borders, drifts of spring bulbs and informal lawns with large swathes of wild flowers and notable influences from Fellows over the years. It is often a quiet spot for students to relax or study.
Across the gently flowing Bin Brook to Burrell’s Field you will find some modern planting styles and plants nestled amongst the accommodation blocks in small, intimate gardens.
A Garden Committee of Fellows, plus the Head Gardener, meet regularly to monitor progress and develop new plans for the gardens.
There are about a dozen gardeners including the Head Gardener, Deputy and three Senior Gardeners. The Seniors each have responsibility for areas of the College and manage them on a day to day basis whilst the Head Gardener oversees the overall vision for the Gardens.
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