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Champion Trees of Britain and Ireland

The Tree Register Handbook

With a Foreword by HRH Prince of Wales

What kinds of trees grow where, how long do they live, and how large do they grow? Champion Trees of Britain and Ireland answers these questions and more, surveying the finest examples of every kind of tree growing in the British Isles, from ancient yews to towering sequoias.
            This encyclopedic volume coves over 5,000 trees, 60% of which are newly discovered or rerecorded since the last publication of the Tree Register in 2003. Dazzlingly illustrated throughout, part one of Champion Trees lists all existing species alphabetically by botanical name. Part two offers a guide to visiting thousands of Britain and Ireland’s finest specimens, listing trees by geographical region and county and describing the tallest, largest, and finest trees in each area. It also includes a checklist of all native trees and fascinating facts about “superlative trees”—the oldest, tallest, thickest, fastest-growing, and rarest trees in the British Isles. Champion Trees concludes with a checklist of native tree species in cultivation and instructions for measuring a tree.

368 pages | 200 color plates | 6 x 9 1/5 | © 2011

Biological Sciences: Botany

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Table of Contents

Foreword: HRH The Prince of Wales
Preface: Thomas Pakenham

Superlative Trees

    Oldest tree
    Tallest tree
    Biggest tree
    Thickest tree
    Most spreading tree
    Fastest growth
    Rarest tree
Tree Collections
Part One: A Tree Flora of Britain and Ireland

    The species
    Other trees in cultivation
Part Two: Gazetteer
    Scottish Highlands
    Central Scotland
    Southern Scotland
    Home Counties
    Welsh Marches
Isle of Man
Channel Islands

How to Measure a Tree
Collectors’ References for Trees Featured in this Book
Glossary and Abbreviations Used Throughout This Book
Select Bibliography and Some Useful Websites
A Checklist of Native Trees
Index of Synonyms
Index to Part One: Some Common Names
Index to Part Two: Counties, Parishes and Some Gardens

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