Ash Dieback Monitoring

At present, it seems that the west of England is suffering significantly less from Ash Dieback than the east. This may result from a variety of factors including location, genetic characteristics and sources of recolonisation after the Ice Age. As … Continue reading

The Presidents’ Oaks

At a place in Georgia where secret governmental meetings are sometimes held, several US Presidents have planted Live Oak Trees to commemorate their visits. The first was Calvin Coolidge in 1928 and the most recent Bill Clinton in 2012. Ewan … Continue reading

The Kaki Tree

The Chinese Persimmon (Diospyros kaki), grown today for Sharon fruit, has been cultivated in China for over 2000 years. However it is now acclaimed worldwide as the tree which survived the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki on 9th August 1945. … Continue reading

Betty the Ash Tree

A 200 year old Ash Tree, named Betty, in Ashwellthorpe Wood, Norfolk, has become important in the fight against Chalara fraxinea, the Ash Dieback fungal disease. Already there have been over 1,000 reported cases of the disease and Great Britain … Continue reading

York Museum Gardens

The Museum Gardens were established as a botanic garden by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society within the grounds of St Mary’s Abbey, founded by the Benedictines, which since the Dissolution has become a picturesque set of ruins. The abiding botanic element … Continue reading

Survivor Tree

A Callery pear tree was planted by the World Trade Centre in the 1970’s. On 11th of September 2001, as the Twin Towers collapsed, it was smashed, burned and covered in debris. The remains, with broken and torn branches and … Continue reading

Gainsborough’s House

The birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury, Suffolk, is a particularly beautiful house, dating from 1520. Gainsborough was born in 1727, the youngest of nine children, and went on to become one of the greatest landscape painters, the inspiration for … Continue reading