“We were delighted to hear from the Tree Register that our Snowdrop Tree, (Halesia carolina) is a Hertfordshire champion”, says Head Gardener at Knebworth House, Adam Carveth.
The Tree Register inspector, David Alderman, visited the gardens at Knebworth House recently to look at the trees in the Wilderness Garden.It’s possible that the Snowdrop Tree is also a National Champion, as David reported: This is the tallest and largest in girth (measuring the largest single stem). It is impossible to compare it like for like but with others growing as multiple stemmed bushes and measuring around all five stems near the base, but it is the largest of this form in Britain and possibly the widest spreading crown of these’.
Adam Carveth is pictured with the Snowdrop tree. He added “It’s a spectacular tree when it blooms in May, and we have worked hard to look after it. Assistant Head Gardener, Matt Palacio and Gardener Karin Kadak cleared away the undergrowth so that visitors can see the shape of the tree. We are so pleased that the tree has been recognised as a County Champion.
We have been informed that there are three other Hertfordshire champions in the garden; Sorbus domestica, Prunus lusitanica and Pinus nigra subsp. nigra. All are champions for girth rather than height and of these the most significant nationally is the Sorbus domestica which is in the Top 25 biggest in all Britain and Ireland.”
More information about the Tree Register can be found at www.treeregister.org