Professor Michael Tooley, garden designer and author. The
Restoration of Gardens of Historic Interest. Education Centre in the Garden at
2pm. Free to members of the Friends; donations welcome from others.
This event proved very popular on the day after New Year despite the wet
and breezy weather conditions, attracting a wide range of ages and ambitions as
can be seen from the photos below. Over 30 attended, walking, jogging or
running, and our new record time for 3 laps of the Garden is 14m 25s. The warm
drinks and eats following the run in the Education Centre capped off an
The monkey puzzle is an
evergreen conifer native to Chile and Argentina. It was introduced to England by
Archibald Menzies in 1795. Its branches are clothed in sharply pointed,
triangular dark green leaves, and mature plants bear cones on the upper
branches, usually male and female on separate trees. It has existed for 200
million years, and each tree can live for 1,000 years. Once logged for its fine
knot-free timber, it is now listed as 'endangered' on the IUCN’s Global Red
List of Conifers.