Talks at Wakehurst: The Ancient Trees of Great Britain (SOLD OUT)Thu 24 February 2011, 2pm
Edward Parker joins us to talk about this country's rich diversity of spectacular ancient trees.
Spanish chestnuts - photo by Edward Parker
The UK is by far the richest country in northern Europe for ancient and veteran trees, and this talk will highlight some of the most spectacular and unusual trees in the UK.
The talk starts with Edward’s journey around the world hunting for some of the world's most spectacular ancient trees – from South Korea to Chile and the Amazon to Lebanon – before he discovered that the country he started from is probably the richest in terms of ancient trees anywhere in the world.
The talk then celebrates the spectacular range of ancient trees that the UK has to offer and looks at what makes some trees grow to such great ages – from giant oaks in England more than 12 metres in girth and over a thousand years old to Welsh yew trees which could be nearly as old as the Great Pyramids. It also looks at why other countries such as Germany and France have so relatively few great trees.
Finally, the talk highlights the work of the Ancient Tree Hunt (for which Edward is now Project Manager) and the hunt to record 100,000 ancient, veteran and notable trees before the end of 2011.
- Date: Tuesday 24 February 2011, 2.00pm
- Tutors: Edward Parker
- Venue: Wakehurst Place
- Course Fee: £5 (£4 Premier Friends).
- Booking Details : click here for booking details
This lecture has been generously supported by the Dr. H. Shawdon Charitable Trust
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