TQ1668 : Mistletoe in Home Park

taken 5 years ago, near to East Molesey, Surrey, Great Britain

Mistletoe in Home Park
Mistletoe in Home Park
Home Park (or Hampton Court Park) was one of the three parks enclosed by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century as part of his Hampton Court estate which was built from 1515 and given to Henry VIII along with the palace in 1525. In 1638-9 Charles I had a tributary of the River Colne diverted through Bushy Park to form the Longford River, bringing water right into the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. This provided a water supply for the numerous water features in the parks.

Home Park is outside the formal gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Home Park's main water body, the Long Water, was developed by Charles II in 1661-2. A double avenue of trees lined the Long Water and several other avenues were planted in both Home Park and Bushy Park around the end of the 17th century.

This view in Home Park shows clumps of mistletoe growing at the tops of a group of trees. Mistletoe attaches itself to and penetrates the branches of a tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which it absorbs water and nutrients from the host plant.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 March, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1623 6867 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.3094N 0:19.8225W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1622 6861
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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