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Project

Creation of an avenue of trees to replace diseased chestnut trees, at National Trust-owned Barrington Court in Somerset. A total of 68 trees have been felled in the past two years following an outbreak of bleeding canker.

Vision

Plans have been drawn up to use Chestnut Leaved Oak (Quercus castaneifolia) which was originally introduced at Kew in 1846. Members of the public will be able to sponsor and name trees. The trust also plans to commission replicas of the original wrought-iron tree guards.

Disease resistance

Head gardener Christine Brain and her team intend to start planting this winter. She said: "Gardeners do not often have the chance to plant a new avenue of trees. We did a lot of work to find the best species that will be resistant to diseases while also looking right in the location."


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