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28 May 2019
Keeping track of new introductions
Great numbers of the new trees introduced to gardens in Britain from China, Mexico and other botanical hotspots through the last years of the 20th century are now reaching maturity here - and the original labels are dropping off. The value of the Tree Register's data is proved when we are able to relocate trees such as this Acer schneiderianum at Feeringbury Manor in Essex and still know that it was raised from seed collected by a Kew-led expedition to Sichuan (SICH 1214) and that it was planted by Giles Coode-Adams in 1995. It is now a champion tree of outstanding beauty at 9m tall and 154cm girth at 0.4m, and clearly loves the Essex climate. Feeringbury Manor opens regularly this summer for the National Gardens Scheme. Perhaps the largest collection of these recent wild introductions is at Howick Hall in Northumberland. This month I measured many of them for the first time, and the fast-maturing arboretum now has over 40 national champion trees.

23 March 2019
First taste of spring
The rarely-planted Prunus 'Shosar' is one of the first cherries to blossom in spring. This new champion was spotted in Walpole Park, west London, at the start of March by Tree Register volunteer recorder Hugo Egleston.

01 January 2019
MBE for Tree Register Registrar
Dr Owen Johnson has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours, for services to the environment. Owen has dedicated his life to the identification, recording and promotion of rare and champion trees and is the honorary Registrar for the Tree Register. He has recorded over 80,000 trees throughout England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Isles. Owen is author of the Collins Tree Guide, Champion Trees of Britain and Ireland and, his latest publication, Arbortetum, is a must for all tree enthusiasts. Everyone at the Tree Register is very proud of Owen's award and wish him well in his future tree projects.

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