At the end of March 2016, as blossom was beginning to open, the last of the commemorative tree plantings for Agincourt 600 took place.
Stonor Park is the home of the current Lord and Lady Camoys a direct descendent of Lord Thomas de Camoys, who famously commanded the left wing of the English army at the Battle of Agincourt. He and his family, held property across the South of England and there is a life-size brass in commemoration of Lord Camoys at St George church in Trotton, West Sussex.
However, it is at Stonor Park that Lord and Lady Camoys have chosen to have their commemorative Agincourt Grove planted. The grove is a mixed selection of trees, selected to encourage complimentary and healthy woodland, but a significant element of the planting has been the selection of young oak trees.
The planning and preparation for the planting of groves and memorial trees is part of the Agincourt 600 project delivered by the Woodland Trust. The Trust were interested in the role that wood as a material played in the battle in particular the longbows and arrows which proved the decisive weapon in Henry V’s victory
They have been involved with over 20 plantings across the UK including 600 trees in Northern Ireland and 600 in Scotland. In Wales several sites were chosen for plantings, many directly associated with Henry V and his time there.
Other significant plantings have included at the village of Erpingham in Norfolk, birthplace of Sir Thomas Erpingham, Shakespeare’s “good old knight”.
At Stonor Park and elsewhere the young oak trees planted have been grown from acorns gathered from venerable oaks from Windsor Great Park and the famous Sherwood Oak, many of which would have been growing at the time of the battle 600 years ago. The trees and the natural environment are able to provide a connection and link to the people of 1415 and now through the plantings it may be able to take it forward for another 600 years.
Present at the Stonor Park plantings was Lord Camoys who spoke to reporters about his deep pride in being able to commemorate the battle and his ancestor while providing a connection to that history for the generations to come. Members of the Agincourt 600 committee who have funded the Woodland Trust project were also present and helped to plant the final oak trees.
The Agincourt Grove at Stonor Park is part of the land open to the public when visiting the park and house.