Sir Harold Hillier Gardens plants 1000th oak tree
Friday, 22 March 2013
The 1000th oak tree has been planted at the internationally renowned Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Ampfield, Romsey by Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber.
Councillor Thornber was joined by John Hillier of Hillier Nurseries, and son of Sir Harold Hillier, in planting the milestone tree. 2013 also marks 60 years of the Gardens which were created by Sir Harold Hillier in 1953.
The Gardens feature a collection of over 42,000 plants set in 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside. They are also home to 13 National Plant Collections and the National Collection of Oaks with over 350 different types of oaks available for public view.
The Gardens are an important centre for education and conservation and are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, which includes over 12,000 school children on structured education visits linked to the National Curriculum.
Since 1977, Hampshire County Council has been the sole Trustee of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
Commenting, Councillor Thornber, said: "The Gardens are of significant importance not only in Hampshire, but they also hold international standing; with worldwide recognition as a centre of excellence and home to the highest number of champion trees in the British Isles. These important tree collections contain the best of their kind, and it is an honour to be able to plant the 1,000th oak. The County Council is immensely proud to have managed the Gardens as a charitable trust for more than 35 years, allowing generations to enjoy these beautiful natural surroundings."
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