Friends of Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill Tree Trail

Friends of Brandon Hill Tree Trail From Giant Sequoia to Golden Rain Tree to Copper Beeches, to a 250+ years old oak, Brandon Hill has one of the best collections of trees in the city with just under 500 trees on the hill covering nearly 100 different species.

Developed by Friends of Brandon Hill, their tree trail explores the trees of Brandon Hill introducing you to both rare and native species. It covers their uses, history, identification and folklore. The trail is fully illustrated with a map and photographs of selected tree features.

Each tree on the trail has a botanical label that gives both the common and latin names.

Starting at the Charlotte Street entrance just off Park Street the trail takes you round the top of the hill, past Cabot Tower and back to the depot. It is less than a kilometre in length and is mostly accessible by buggies and wheelchairs but there are sections around the water feature that have steps and uneven paths.

We hope that you enjoy the trail and welcome and feedback either by email on or on our Facebook page

Copies of the tree trail leaflet can be can be downloaded here or found in leaflet dispensers on the hill.

Friends of Brandon HillBrandon Hill Volunteer Days

Throughout the year Friends of Brandon Hill have regular volunteer days. The friends help out with border planting, bramble bashing, pond clearing and other activities to make the Hill a better place.

If you are interested in taking part on these days or would like to organise a group to help on Brandon Hill at times to suit yourself or your group please contact the Friends or speak to Rocco who looks after the park.

Friends of Brandon Hill can be contacted by email on or Fraser on 0791 901 5774.

Jubilee Oak Planting Wed 6 June 2012

To commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol planted an English Oak on Brandon Hill with the help of the Lord Mayor and Fraser from the Friends of Brandon Hill.



Brandon Hill is a fitting place for the Jubilee Oak as there are already two commemorative oaks there: one for the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1863 and another for their coronation in 1902. Of course the Cabot Tower itself was built in the year of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.