Mount Stuart Trust
Thank you to the Mount Stuart Trust and Bartlett Tree Experts for supporting the meeting providing facilities, lunches and refreshments.
About Mount Stuart
Owned by The Mount Stuart Trust, Mount Stuart’s 300-acre gardens and grounds are home to a spectacular botanic collection of native and exotic flora, which give life to several gardens with distinct personalities including a mature Victorian pinetum; a two-acre rock garden designed by Thomas Mawson; a 'wee' garden of five acres, planted with tender exotics from Australia and New Zealand; and a kitchen garden redesigned by the late Lord Bute with help from Rosemary Verey.
Important botanical specimens and champion rhododendrons grow alongside plants endangered in their native habitats, including 16 National Champion Trees. This unique designed landscape hosts a further 80 county champion trees, each finding their home at Mount Stuart. Several trees have graduated from county champions to be National Champions including Hoheria glabrata, Sorbus sargentiana and Pittosporum eugenioides ‘Variegatum’) while others are completely new to the list including Rhododendron niveum and Rhododendron decorum and Xanthocyparis nootkatensis.
Together with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the 6th Marquess of Bute established Mount Stuart’s conifer collection in the 1980s, contributing to the horticultural heritage of the landscape. This collaboration kick-started the International Conifer Conservation Programme’s establishment in 1991. The Mount Stuart collection holds over 800 conifers, comprising 107 taxa in 35 genera, making it one of the richest collections in Britain.