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112 NEW Champion trees and 186 Champion trees updated so far in 2007 and available on the members searchable database.
October 30th 2007

Syston Park HickoryWelcome to our new web site!
Launched 1st June 2007

New champions recorded so far in 2007 include this re-discovered Bitternut (Carya cordiformis) at Syston Park, Lincolnshire. A tree first recorded in the early 1900's. Family landowner Shirley Clegg reported the tree to the Tree Register. See photos of their champion beech on latest news for members.

Jim PatersonJim Paterson MBE

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Scottish tree hunter Jim Paterson who died peacefully this morning 7th March as the sun rose over his beloved Findhorn valley.

Tree Register Registrar David Alderman said: Jim has been a friend for over ten years and this is a great personal loss as well as for Scottish tree recording and the Tree Register. It was Jim who helped organise many of Alan Mitchells earlier trips to Scotland and later with Victoria Schilling, bringing the nations attention to some of the wonderful trees we admire today. Justifiably recognised by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE for his contribution to Scottish dendrology.

It was Jim who inspired and lead the hunt for Britains tallest tree. The tree he first identified as the potential champion in 1993 was finally confirmed and televised in 2006 for the BBC production Trees that made Britain (currently being repeated) and in which Jim makes a cameo appearance.

Throughout his life Jim visited most of the great oaks throughout Britain, acquiring a library of historical information and photographs. There were very few remarkable trees he didn’t have a reference for, but it was his knowledge and love for the trees and history of Scotland that was unparalleled. Listening to him was always a pleasure and an education. He had a great affinity with the many landowners who gave him permission to seek out trees on their land and to whom he was always most respectful. In return it provided the Tree Register unrivalled privileged access to many private estates.

All trustees, our secretary Pamela Stevenson who spoke regularly with Jim and all those working as volunteers for the Tree Register express their deepest sympathy to his wife and family. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at a fitting tribute to mark one of the greatest genuine tree hunters of our time.

Aye Jim lad

7th March 2007

Prince of WalesThe Prince of Wales to become new Patron

The Tree Register is pleased to announce that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has agreed to become its sole Patron.

Colin Hall, Chairman of the Trustees, said: " We are delighted that His Royal Highness, with his close personal interest in trees and the natural environment, will become patron of The Tree Register. This is a great honour for us and an endorsement of the value of the work of the charity.

The Prince of Wales succeeds The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire who has been patron of The Tree Register since its formation in 1988.

We are greatly indebted to The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire who has championed the cause of The Tree Register since its inception.

We are also pleased to welcome as trustees Tony Kirkham and Rupert Eley , whose tree knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the continuing growth and development of The Tree Register. Tony Kirkham is head of the Arboretum at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Rupert Eley manages his own arboretum at East Bergholt Place in Suffolk."

5th March 2007

Ancient yew tree in Powys, Wales

Trees lost to fire and storms

An ancient yew tree in Powys, Wales has been burnt to the ground.
Trees lost in gales on 18th January 2007.
Latest news of these events first on the Members News page!

Ancient Tree Hunt Team visit Scotland

Ancient Tree Hunt Team visit Scotland

Katherine Owen , Senior Verifier for the Ancient Tree Hunt, takes a GPS reading to record the grid reference of one of the Roslin Sweet Chestnuts near Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian.

The tree will be one of the first to appear on the new ancient tree map developed by the Woodland Trust.

First champion tree for 2007

First champion tree for 2007!

This suberb Arbutus menziesii in Fife, Scotland is thought to be from the original 1827 seed introduction by David Douglas.

A local resident is dwarfed by the trees huge stems.



Following previous successful fundraising events, The Tree Register (TROBI), jointly with The Irish Tree Society, is pleased to invite Tree Register members to attend an event in Spring in Ireland at Birr Castle, County Offaly, Ireland by kind permission of Lord and Lady Rosse on: Saturday 28th April 2007

Thomas Pakenham has generously agreed to be our guest speaker. The subject of his lecture will be “The Achievements of Augustine Henry—Opening the Door to China”.

Photo (right) Lord Rosse with Philippa Mitchell admiring a rare planting of Tilia Alan Mitchell at Birr Castle.
For more details of this event go to the Members news page.

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Photo (right): One of the Preston Twins, Preston Park, Brighton. The largest and probably oldest surviving English elm. (Copyright © 2002 Mike Crawshaw)

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