Arboretum plants 1,750th tree to mark its 75th anniversary

SEVENTY five years after the first tree was planted in a North Yorkshire arboretum, a milestone was marked on Monday with the planting of the 1,750th tree. The planting was part of the special celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale. BBC gardening expert Roy Lancaster joined the arboretum's current owner, Sir John Ropner, to plant a panda bamboo – Fargesia denudata – which has been grown from an original specimen that Mr Lancaster brought back

Sir John said: "My father's love of trees and his determination to create this unique collection still inspires us today. As well as caring for the trees he planted, we continue to add new specimens every year."

Thorpe Perrow Arboretum is home to one of the UK's finest collections of trees and shrubs, as well as the Falcons of Thorp Perrow.

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