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The Internet has a huge amount of accurate information on trees but there are plenty of errors too. Entering the Latin name of the tree (without cultivar) into Google produces good results whilst Wikipedia also provides useful info as well as links to related sites. A good selection of books is on sale at Westonbirt Arboretum visitor centre.

The following books are particularly recommended:

"The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs" - a complete descriptive botanical work - no pictures but masses of text - unbeatable for value.

"Practical Forestry for the agent and surveyor" by Cyril Hart deals with most aspects of tree growing and planting with particular emphasis on forestry.

Summerfield Books. High St. Brough, Kirkby Stephen.Cumbria.CAI7 Tel. 017683 41577. Sell both current and out of print books on botanical subjects, gardening trees and forestry. Excellent mail order and great customer service.

Several of the following organisations can give information on grants for tree and hedge planting and woodland management. Grants are very complicated and change regularly and up to date advice can be sought from the following sources:

The Forestry Commission - National Office for England, Great Eastern House, Tenison Road, Cambridge, CB1 2DU. 01223 314546. This organisation can provide an enormous amount of help and advice to larger scale planters. The regional office staff are knowledgeable about the local conditions for planting. Their list of publications and other information is on

County and District Councils - Virtually all councils have a section which is able to give advice on tree and hedge planting, woodland restoration and conservation matters. They can give good advice and suggest contacts with other organisations. Some councils are able to give grants for smaller, non-commercial tree and hedge planting schemes and woodland and hedge renovation.

Small Woods Association. Many benefits available to members. The Old Bakery, Pontesbury, Shropshire. SY5 0RR Tel. 01743 792644

Woodland Heritage P.O. Box 168, Haslemere, GU27 1XQ Members receive the informative Journal periodically.

Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) - There are regional offices around the country staffed by knowledgeable people who can advise on tree and hedge planting and maintenance, other conservation projects and the grants applicable. Head office is at National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warks. CV8 2RX.

County or Local Wildlife Trusts - Tel. 0870 036 7711. Or English Nature Northminster House, Peterborough, PEI 1UA. Tel 01733 340345. or Countryside Council for Wales, 43-45 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff CF2 3UH.

Royal Forestry Society 102 High Street, Tring, Herts, HP23 4AF. Membership entitles you to educational and social visits to woodlands and 4 issues of the journal each year. Many members are in work associated with woodlands but there are a members from all walks of life who just have an interest in trees. Members are able to join half or full day guided woodland walks Wonderful locations and descriptions and comments on the woodlands. Their website contains good information on the various grants available for tree planting.

Arboricultural Association. Ampfield House, Ampfield, Romsey, Hants. SO5 9PA Tel. 01794 368978- maintains a register of approved tree surgeons and tree consultants. Membership is for those professionally or very seriously interested in trees.

The Tree Register - The Tree Register, 77a Hall End, Wooton, Bedford. MK43 9HP. A charity co-founded by the late Alan Mitchell which records tree statistics and can provide information on the "biggest and the best".

The Ancient Tree Hunt is recording Ancient trees see

Tree Aid. Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square, Bristol. BS2 8PE. Tree aid is a registered charity which was set up in the mid 1980's by U.K. foresters in response to the famines in Africa. U.K. foresters realise how fortunate we are and how trees can play a part in preventing the succession of famines in Africa. One of the major causes of drought is the breakdown of the delicately balanced ecosystem due to deforestation. Tree Aid supports village communities working to reverse the environmental damage, by planting and tending new trees, protecting existing trees, establishing tree nurseries, building irrigation channels and digging wells. Tree Aid is a small charity with much of the work done by volunteers - no money is wasted on expensive advertising. The work of the charity and its needs for funds are passed on by word of mouth - particularly by those who are interested in trees and wood. Much of the funding is by donations from companies involved with trees and from other local and national companies as well as individuals.

Bristol Naturalists Society - This long established Society has members with a wide range of interests and experience. There are wide ranging visits each year covering all aspects of natural history. Members receive newsletters and a year book and access to a Society library. Contact: Mrs. A. Wookey, Hon. Membership Secretary, 97, Walton Rd. Clevedon, Bristol. BS21 6AW.

The Dendrologist - This is a quarterly publication which is not too technical and contains news, features and details of forthcoming events of interest to tree enthusiasts. It is produced by volunteers and the standard is high. Contact: Hon. Treasurer. P.O. Box 341, Chesham, Bucks. HP5 2RD.

Tree News A high quality glossy magazine available on subscription produced twice a year it is packed with topical articles and features of interest to amateurs and professionals.

You may wish to combine your trip with a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum. Westonbirt Arboretum is owned by the Forestry Commission and has 500 acres of wonderful trees. Telephone: 01666 880220.

About a hundred years ago this arboretum was almost as fine Westonbirt. The Estate has been split up but two important parts with many interesting and historic trees still remain. The part around the historic Tortworth Court (now the Four Pillars Hotel) and the valley part of the arboretum owned by the Prison Service that can be walked around by visitors. The arboretum is 4 miles from Mount Pleasant Trees off the B4509 in the direction of Charfield and Wotton under Edge. The famous Tortworth Sweet chestnut is worth the 1 mile detour to its location near the churchyard.

LODGE FARM TREES - Rockhampton (1 mile from here)
Small specialist fruit tree nursery growing trees and bushes with an emphasis on traditional local varieties. Ideal for orchard restoration and new orchards. Also grow Christmas trees. Tel: 01454 260310 for catalogue. Appointment essential.

OAK LEAF NURSERIES - near Thornbury (2miles from here)
Small nursery grows popular range of herbaceous plants and shrubs. Open Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, appointment necessary. Tel. 07977 048849.

Large Garden Centre with comprehensive range of stock. Tel: 01452 741444,

At the Arboretum, a small centre offering an interesting range of trees and shrubs. Tel.01666 880544.

Also nearby (see map on back) is the large Wyevale Garden Centre stocking a good range of plants and sundries. Tel. 01454 412247,

Mount Pleasant Trees
Rockhampton, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9DU.
Telephone: 01454 260 348

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