Chile. This is an area of interest to me. So it was very exciting to meet some of the people involved in research at RBGE.
First Year student – Conservation with Forest Ecosystems
University of Wales, Bangor
THE GLYNLLIFON TREE TRAIL
The dreariness of a damp afternoon was quickly dispersed by the warm welcome extended to the Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden by the Friends of Glynllifon Historic Park. Prior to being guided around the relatively recent tree trail by John Whitehead, we were given a synopsis by Dr Sheila Roberts of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust of the family, the buildings and the gardens & woodlands created at Glynllifon in the 18th & 19th centuries. There is a comprehensive historical account in the exhibition at the excellent Craft Centre.
As a result of much Rhododendron bashing the trail has been well designed around the existing fine old specimens - including Californian Redwoods, a monumental Monkey Puzzle tree - almost the oldest and tallest in Britain. New compatible trees have been planted, but sadly the lone Bardsey Apple tree by the diminutive boathouse has fallen prey to some vandalism – although the damage is not irrevocable.
Much debate had gone into the signage for notable trees on the trail, the end result being an oak branch carved onto blue wooden boards with the names in Latin, Welsh and English. These were placed about one metre from the path alongside the tree in question. Within the parkland we were shown the caring manner in which the family had adapted old mill buildings to provide fascinating fairy grottoes (and fairyland corners) now covered in ferns and mosses for their children to play in. The ferns planted around the Fort Williamsburg folly aroused some lively discussion, as did the restoration needed to the arched Irish Yew hedge now acting as a backcloth to the newly created slate amphithreate (a 1980’s project).