This year we are delighted to invite our conference delegates to join us in exploring a unique tree collection and nursery, tucked away in the hills of Dartmoor National Park.
Stone Lane Gardens is a specialist tree nursery, growing primarily birch and alder species. The site is not large but contains a semi mature arboretum of some five acres, formal gardens and regular sculpture and other art exhibitions.
The collection was the inspiration of Kenneth Ashburner, who spent some twenty years travelling the northern hemisphere, researching and collecting wild species. He was also responsible for extensive clarification of the nomenclature for these genera, in particular the Betula species, and examples of a wide variety of semi mature specimens, often in groups of 20 or so trees, can be seen, clearly labelled, for comparison of their unique features.
The Sunday Field Trip will depart from the University of Exeter at midday on 9th September, via a well-chosen pub for lunch, for a fascinating talk and guided tour of the gardens, retuning to Exeter in the early evening.