Sunday Field Trip 2017

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Killerton Estate – ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Sunday Field Trip 2017
to the Killerton Estate

12:00 – 17:00

The first international conference on Arboricultural Biosecurity will begin with the Sunday Field Trip on 10 September 2017. Just a 15-minute drive from the University of Exeter, The National Trust owned Killerton is one of Devon’s great estates, with a landscaped hillside garden and parkland.

During this edition of our traditional conference excursion, delegates were treated to a tour featuring 4 noteworthy speakers. Following a welcome and lunch, they began with Horticulturist and Veitch Historian Caradoc Doy, introducing the Veitch seed collectors’ legacy.

Simon Toomer, National Specialist for Plant Conservation at The National Trust, presented on the complexities of maintaining an historical tree collection for today’s public benefit before Karl Emeleus, Head Gardener on the estate, gave us the nitty-gritty of historical conservation site management and maintenance.

The afternoon closed with final discussions and questions following a talk on tree and plant propagation issues and biosecurity, from the Plant Propagation Manager for The National Trust, Chris Trimmer.

On their return to the University of Exeter, delegates were able to enjoy the presentations to the winners of the Tree Climbing Competition under ISA rules, which will took place throughout Sunday at Reed Hall.