Gardens and grounds
Valence House grounds
The Valence House grounds once included the whole of what is now Valence Park.
The moat was dug to encircle the house over 700 years ago!
Along its banks are swamp cypresses, which glow a spectactular red in autumn.
Between the moat and the house sits a spectacular veteran evergreen Holm Oak, judged to be one of the Great Trees of London.
Approaching the house, you can’t miss the tulip tree (Liriodendron). Its orange and yellow flower is the Valence House logo.
A ginkgo biloba tree nestles close to the wall to the left of the door.
An English Oak (Quercus robur) was planted nearby to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Between Valence House and Valence Library is an ancient coppiced hazel.
The remains of an ancient yew tunnel and holly trees shield the park and library from Becontree Avenue.
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