Blog - Propagation

Chalara confirmed at Westonbirt

Chalara dieback of ash, commonly known as ash dieback, caused by the Hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus, has been confirmed at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, this autumn.

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Old plants, new tricks

Westonbirt Arboretum’s Tree Team is working with The Duchy College to grow new plants from some of the collection’s oldest and rarest rhododendrons.

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Stuck between rot and a hard place…

Deciding when to remove old trees is one of the hardest decisions we have to take here at Westonbirt.

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The Wolfson Tree Management Centre: An Update

Work is currently underway on what will become the new Wolfson Tree Management Centre. The new facility will provide all that Westonbirt’s expert tree team needs to manage the tree collection.

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A Wonderful Winter Walk... with one exception!

Today I ventured over to Silk Wood to see how some of the Tree Team were getting on with essential tree safety work, which reassuringly was being carried out to a high standard as always.

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A job well done

It's always sad to say goodbye to a big old tree like the oak we felled earlier this week near to the restaurant.

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Goodbye to an old friend...

This week, work began on dismantling a large oak tree near to the Westonbirt Restaurant. Curator Mark Ballard explains why the decision to remove this much-loved tree was made.

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A busy time of year in more ways than one...

Posted in: Blog Propagation Autumn

Today I got to escape my office for a few hours, with the aim of finding suitable locations for some of the 300 young trees and shrubs that have been lovingly grown in our very own Propagation Unit.

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Autumn: planning and planting the picturesque

Posted in: Blog Propagation Autumn

As the summer draws to an end, I always start to think about our annual planting programme.

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Experimenting on a grand scale

Last week saw the start of an exciting new research project that aims to discover new forestry tree species for the future.

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Renewing Westonbirt’s links with Japan (part 2) - Tokyo

Westonbirt Arboretum’s Director, Simon Toomer, and Superintendent, Mark Ballard, are currently in Japan for two weeks to collect seed from the wild.

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Keeping up to Date

Recently my volunteers and I have been recording potentially hazardous trees, unfortunately a number will have to be removed so I have provided a list and maps for the tree team.

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Arborists' Adventures

As members of the tree team here at Westonbirt, we are always looking to find ways to improve the management of plant collections.

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Propagation Update

As well as propagating trees and shrubs for the Westonbirt collection, I am also working with two other organisations on conservation projects, namely Natural England and Plantlife.

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What's Happening In Propagation

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I’ve been out walking around the arboretum over the last few weeks, finding just the right location for 270 different specimens of trees and shrubs.

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