Where are our arboreta (collections of trees)? use tag Arboreta

Where are our arboreta (collections of trees)? use tag Arboreta - UK and Ireland : In the comments below there are a list of arboreta with notes about them e.g. which types of tree, tree condition and standard of labelling. If you want to start out or gain more expertise in tree identification then one of the best places to investigate

In the comments below there are a list of arboreta with notes about them e.g. which types of tree, tree condition and standard of labelling. If you want to start out or gain more expertise in tree identification then one of the best places to investigate is a properly labelled collection of trees. Ideally the collection would have native trees labelled as well as the exotics.
The book ‘champion trees of Britain and Ireland’ by Owen Johnson lists many of the tree collections by county especially if they have large trees in them. However in this project I would like to find some of the less well known arboreta, particularly those run by parks departments and other public bodies and which have open access. They often have issues and deserve more public attention and support.
A fairly typical example of one of these less well known arboreta is Linford arboretum in Milton Keynes. The main part of the collection is quite small in area although still manages to have a diverse collection of trees. There is also a specific collection of beech (Fagus sp.)cultivars. The trees are fairly young and planted too close together probably assuming some will die or be thinned. Being in a public park in an urban area they are subject to a level of vandalism but also some of the specimen trees have been accidentally (?) cut down during routine maintenance of the surrounding vegetation. There is no labelling of the collection and some of the trees have been replaced since the arboretum was set up so there is now no good plan of which types of tree are present. Once records are lost it can be extremely difficult or impossible to name the trees since cultivars and some species can be very similar to each other. In this case I have tried to produce my own plan of the area using old records from the Parks Trust and identification guides.

18 Feb 2016
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