Battle of the Nile tree clumps pinpointed for visitors by National Trust
The National Trust has erected information boards to explain the positions of the clumps of beech, maple and hawthorn in the Wiltshire Countryside, each of which represents a British or French ship.
The Nile Clumps, as they are called, were thought to have been planted nearly 200 years ago to mark Nelson's death after Capt Thomas Hardy and Nelson's mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton, persuaded Lord Douglas of Amesbury to put them on his estate.
"Each clump is said to represent the position of a French or British ship during one of Nelson's most significant clashes with Napoleon, the Battle of the Nile in 1798," said Stephen Fisher, one of the trust's volunteers involved in the board's creation.
Each clump, as shown on a Google Maps image, carries the name of a different vessel, including the Vanguard, Goliath and Bellerophon.
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