Stratton Strawless is a Broadland village that is located 4½ miles south east of Aylsham and 8 miles north of the city of Norwich. Stratton Strawless Hall was home to the Marsham family from the 13th century up until the end of the 19th century. The most famous Marsham was probably Robert Marsham, an arboriculturist and naturalist who is said to have planted over 2 million trees during his lifetime. He is renowned for his 'Indications of Spring' a study which he began in 1736 and continued to add to for the next 62 years. Marsham noted down such occurrences as tree leafing times and the arrival of migrant birds and a cedar tree that he planted in the park is now one of the largest in Europe.