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in the big parade but only 74 trees in Wales make it into Heritage Trees. A handsome
book to dip into and delve around. Nothing too weighty or pompous; good stories
well told, leaving you wanting more as opposed to yawning.
Garthmyl, a small
village between Welshpool and Newtown, is not a well known place but important in
our family as where my mother grew up. I never thought it would also be home to
two (or 3%!) of these nationally famous trees. The Garthmyl
Oak being one and the Garthmyl Cedar of Lebanon the other. The latter has
a chandelier dangling from a lower bough so that the caretakers-come-owners can
enjoy it by night!
begins with a serious foreword from Pauline at the Tree Council stressing that
UK governments, including Wales, do little or nothing to protect these trees.
...’many could be felled tomorrow
without penalty. The value of these trees, these Green Monuments, is already
formalised in other countries.’
I just spent
£350 having tree surgeons dangle on ropes cutting out the dead and removing 10%
of the canopy so that our Scots Pine will keep on growing – maybe the 30th
reprint of Heritage Trees Wales in 2212 will include it if we’ve done the work
well and we’re lucky.