Volunteers dig deep to replace Barrington Court tulip tree avenue
A new era is dawning at historic Barrington Court, in Somerset, as gardeners plant an avenue of tulip trees to replace the magnificent horse chestnuts that fell victim to a deadly fungal disease.
And visitors have a opportunity to join in, and sponsor a tree, this week.
Seventy-five tulip trees are being planted and many have been sponsored by the public. They have been selected to replace the chestnuts because they are more resistant to current tree diseases and suited to the climate at the court.
Simon Larkins, the National Trust’s parks and gardens manager for south Somerset, said many of the people who had sponsored the new avenue had been invited to help plant their tree.
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“We wanted to give people the chance to be involved, and to drop by, meet the team and talk to the gardeners about what is being done and even, if they want to, get their hands dirty and help with some planting,” he said.
“There are still opportunities left to sponsor trees. The donation of £500 will pay for the tree and its maintenance as well as a wrought-iron tree guard to protect the newly-planted tree, replicating the original design of those used for the first avenue over 100 years ago.”
The last few chestnut trees from the original avenue were felled in early 2011 after the avenue had developed bleeding canker.
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