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Commemorative tree planted at Wakehurst Place

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Arboricultural Association, a field maple tree has been planted at Wakehurst Place by the UK National Tree Seed Project and the Arboricultural Association.

Bluebells in the Loder Valley Nature reserve

Planted in Coates Wood, the field maple is a native British species that grows well at Wakehurst Place. It is one of 50 native tree species prioritised for conservation by the UK National Tree Seed Project, which recently secured a second year of funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The tree was planted by Clare Trivedi and Simon Kallow from the UK National Tree Seed Project team, who were joined by the chairman of the Arboricultural Association, Jago Keen.

Set up with over £200,000 in funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, the UK National Tree Seed project has helped establish the country’s first national collection of tree seeds. This important project ensures that the collection of UK tree seeds stored in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst will grow and become more comprehensive, eventually representing the full genetic diversity of the UK’s tree populations.

The commemorative tree planting at Wakehurst is just one of many taking place and serves as a reminder of the work that the Arboricultural Association does. Established in 1964, the Association's work helps to maintain standards in the industry, while helping draw the public’s attention to the health and well being benefits that trees deliver.

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