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The Tree Register News Archive 2006

Punica granatum at East Bergholt in Suffolk

Tender Trees Project

During 2006 Dr Owen Johnson surveyed tree collections and gardens to identify species generally considered to be tender or half hardy, but now appear to be thriving happily.

His report will be available towards the end of the year.
Photo - Punica granatum at East Bergholt in Suffolk
Is this our most easterly Pomegranate?

Tallest Wild Cherry

Tallest Wild Cherry

The tallest Wild Cherry have been measured at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland for one thousand years.

Details on the members news page.

Scotland loses one of its great heritage trees at Newbattle Abbey

Heritage Tree Falls

Scotland loses one of its great heritage trees at Newbattle Abbey.

Report from Donald Rodger on the Members News page.

Photo: Copyright Donald Rodger 2006

Magnolia spotting produces a new champion at the Valley Gardens Windsor

Magnolia spotting produces a new champion at the Valley Gardens Windsor

Tree Register member Bryan Roebuck took advantage of an exceptionally good year so far for Magnolia, visiting the RHS Gardens at Wisley and the Valley Gardens, Windsor. Thanks to his keen eye we have a new champion in the superb Valley Gardens for a relatively new species for British gardens, Magnolia cylindrica. Details on the members database.

The tree was planted in 1984 from seed received by Roy Lancaster wild collected in Zhejiang Province, China via. Shanghai Botanic Garden.

The Crown Estate are proposing fencing in the Valley Gardens (currently open public access) and charging an entrance fee. For details go to the Valley Gardens Action Group web site www.valleygardens.org.uk
Photo: Magnolia cylindrica (Copyright© Philippe de Spoelberch www.magnoliasociety.org)

National Trust champion trees

National Trust champion trees

If you are a member of the National Trust you could be looking at many champion trees this summer. 56 NT properties have at least one champion tree and many more have notable specimens.

Top 10 sites to visit:

  1. Bodnant, Conwy, Wales
  2. Nymans, West Sussex, England
  3. Rowallane, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
  4. Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey, England
  5. Stourhead, Wiltshire, England
  6. Mount Stewart, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
  7. Killerton Gardens, Devon, England
  8. Tatton Park, Cheshire, England
  9. Plas Newydd, Anglesey, Wales
  10. Sheffield Park Garden, East Sussex, England

Tree Register members can check champion trees on the members database or receive details of notable trees on specific properties on request by email.
Photo: Specimen Silver Hedgehog Holly at the National Trust's Melford Hall, Suffolk (Copyright Tree Register 2005)

Champion Cedar

Champion Cedar

Steven Falk, Senior Keeper of Natural History at the Warwickshire Museum, sent in this photo of a Cedar of Lebanon at Compton Verney near Wellesbourne, Warwickshire.

Unmeasurable as a single stem its huge volume of multiple stems and low branches measures an impressive 10.85m just above ground level.

Compton Verney is managed by The Compton Verney House Trust and is open to the public (check for opening times).

The Great Golynos Oak

The Great Golynos Oak

Read a copy of text taken from Jesse's Gleanings in Natural History, later published in The Great Golynos Oak, its fall and destiny by the Rev. E. W. L. Davies, MA 1892 on our members news page.

Thanks to Jim Paterson MBE for providing the documentation confirming the size of this great Welsh tree.

The largest Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) ever recorded

Veteran Cherry found by Ted Green

Out for a walk in Berkshire "Mr Veteran Tree" Ted Green and Jill Butler of the Woodland Trust came across what appears to be one of the largest Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) ever recorded.

Catalpa Mystery Solved

Catalpa Mystery Solved

During the summer of 2005 the decision was made on health and safety grounds to remove the champion Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) growing in Radnor Gardens, Twickenham. This provided Tree Register member Bryan Roebuck the opportunity to investigate its age and solve a mystery. Alan Mitchell had previously suggested the trees unusually large girth indicated a planting date before its recorded introduction by Sargent to Kew in 1880. However, Bryan was able to undertake a ring count confirming it had just grown exceptionally fast on this site near the River Thames and was the tree planted in 1903 to commemorate the official opening of the gardens. The new champion Catalpa speciosa is another tree growing by a great river, 17m tall x 2.95m girth by the River Severn in Worcester, recorded by Dr Owen Johnson during his 2004 Urban Tree Project.
Photo1: The Catalpa in full flower 2003. Copyright © Bryan Roebuck 2003
Photo2: The stump following removal in 2005. Copyright © Bryan Roebuck 2005

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