CONFOR North England regional meeting: Alternative species in the flesh

August 30, 2013

The popular meeting at Gilpin Bridge in April presented a considerable volume of information, but some members felt still unsure what to plant for the future. This event is the sequel. Thorp Perrow is simply a stunningly beautiful place, where you can see many different tree species:

“Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. This 85 acre arboretum is unique to Britain, if not Europe, in that it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 – 1977) and is now owned and managed by Sir John Ropner.”

We will meet for lunch at the tea-shop, after which we will have a short update on RDPE and what that means for grants in 2014 and beyond. Then there will be a tour of the arboretum, kindly led by the curator. With your help, we will try to get a good cross-section of the supply chain, plus an expert from Forest Research/Forestry Commission to facilitate a good discussion.

Confor is grateful to Yorwoods for its support of this event, which means that, although there will be a charge of £13 including VAT (£16 for non-members), this includes entry and ploughman’s lunch at the tea-shop.  It is essential that you register in advance.  Non-members are welcome, so please bring your friends and circulate this notice.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, which in the interests of biosecurity, should be clean. The tour is a gentle walk suitable for most abilities.

Please return this form, with payment, by 11 October 2013, to:Ann Stewart, Confor,

59 George Street,Edinburgh,EH2 2JG. Tel: 0131 240 1410, Email:

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