Canford School, Canford Magna, nr Wimborne, BH21 3AD
11am for a maximum of 25 people. Members only.
Master of Trees Andrew Powell shares his wealth of knowledge of the school’s unique and varied collection of trees. Guests are fortified with refreshments on arrival and will then embark on a tour of the grounds encompassing almost a millennium of planting. Starting with the ancient 12th century Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa just beyond the music building to the 21st century planting of the thriving Wollemi Pine Wollemia nobilis, Mr Powell leads guests through the collection to highlight numerous examples of trees ranging from native species to those from the Americas and Asiana, deciduous and evergreen trees, hybrid trees, champion trees, and plantings with heights ranging from over 135 foot to five feet. Various trees have been a central character in events from the days of the owners of the original manor house to the present-day school, and Mr Powell entertains guests with informative and amusing historical stories involving these trees. With the foundations of the Arboretum laid by Lord and Lady Wimborne in the 19th century, and ongoing planting since the start of the school in 1923, we benefit from this work and are fortunate to enjoy the beautiful results. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes.