Walk 19 - Petersfield’s Tree Trail
DATE: Monday 22 August 2022
START LOCATION: Castle Yard Car Park, Petersfield
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DISTANCE: 2 miles
DURATION: 2 hours
If you know what you are looking for, a walk through Petersfield could be likened to visiting an arboretum. Central Petersfield may not rival Kew, Wakehurst or Westonbirt, but with Robin’s expert knowledge you will look at our town trees in a whole new light and sense of admiration. With a mix of traditional species and some being introduced from South Australia, China, the Himalayas, Caucasus, Mediterranean area and North America, there is plenty to spot and learn on this gentle walk.
Robin is Petersfield’s volunteer tree warden. Since infancy he developed an admiration for the proficiency of the tree surgeons who attended to the majestic oak trees growing in his parents’ grounds. This gave him the impetus to learn and study the ecology and science of trees and to qualify as a wood scientist. Having received tutorship from the Forest Products Research Laboratory (FPRL), he went on to obtain the Masters qualification with the Institute of Wood Science MIWSc to which he was awarded membership. This gave a thorough knowledge of the materials and timbers that were used in the profession that he followed as a Designer Cabinet and Chair Maker. Most recently he conducted a survey of all the public trees growing in the Conservation Area of Petersfield for the i-Tree Eco Survey for the book Petersfield’s Trees – their importance and value. He has now produced a town walk entitled Petersfield Tree Trail which you can experience on this walk.
Copies of the guide can be bought from https://petersfieldsociety.org.uk or from the shop at Petersfield Museum