Champion trees discovered at Powis Castle

By Culture24 Staff | 26 August 2009
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The gardens at Powis Castle. Courtesy National Trust

Powis Castle has revealed how it is home to some of the Champion trees of Wales following a visit by the official tree recorder of the Tree Register of the British Isles (TROBI).

Staff at the National Trust property already knew they had four Champion trees of the tallest and biggest girth, but were shocked when they found that a further 12 of their specimens had been awarded Champion status.

"We already knew from previous records that we had four Champion trees and some very notable large trees so we were interested to see if any trees had grown into new Champions in recent years" says Powis' Head Gardener Adrian Lovatt.

"When we received the report we were pleased to see three of our previous four trees still maintained Champion status (Perny’s Holy, Aralia or Hercules' Club and Henry's Maple). However to our surprise the TROBI had also listed an additional twelve trees as the largest in Wales."

Among the prize-winning specimens are the two tallest Oaks in Wales (Common, English Oak and Sessile Oak), a Lucombe Oak, Silver Fir, Eastern Hemlock, Hinoki Cypress, Chinese Necklace Poplar, Macedonian Pine, Maritime Pine, Cut Leaved Alder, Mountain Hemlock and a Service Tree.

Adrian Lovatt added: "A long tradition of tree planting and the very fertile soils and moist climate at Powis Castle has meant an astonishing number of tree species have grown to exceptionally large size."

Jack Swan, former curator of Jodrell Bank Arboretum, will be leading a tour of the garden and the Champion trees on October 8, booking is essential, phone 01938 551929. Admission & £5. 10.30am - 12.30pm.

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