Students add to college tree collection

Rare and unusual trees were planted at Writtle College to celebrate National Tree Week last week.

Students plant unusual trees - photo: Writtle College
Students plant unusual trees - photo: Writtle College

Students at the Essex college planted around 25 out-of-the-ordinary trees including an unusual variegated Pinus wallichiana ‘Zebrina' (pictured), and a rare golden form of the Giant Redwood, Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Aurea'

Senior arboricultural specialist at the college Charlotte Power said: "We aim to increase what is already a good collection of unusual trees with these specimens."

Meanwhile around 60 first-year higher-education horticulture and landscape design students planted several trees to expand the college's arboretum.

Senior horticulture lecturer Michael Lavelle said: "Most of our students will go on to plant many more trees in their horticultural careers. But there will always be one they started off with, back here at the college."

National Tree Week, started in 1975, is UK's largest annual tree celebration, launching the start of the winter tree planting season. It runs from 26 November to 7 December.

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