Events Programme

Final Event for 2018

We will hold our Autumn Lecture on Thursday 15 November in Williams Hall, Dark Lane, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton TA3 6EH at 6 p.m.

Renowned tree expert, Tony Kirkham, will give a talk “Following in the Footsteps of Wilson in China”.

Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Tony went to China with Mark Flanagan to follow in the footsteps of E H Wilson. Following this they wrote a book. Sadly Mark, who was the Assistant Ranger at Saville Gardens, died suddenly and tragically at a young age.

E H “Chinese” Wilson who was a notable English plant collector and explorer introduced a large range of about 2000 Asian plant species to the
West; some sixty bear his name.

Working at Kew is the top job in arboriculture. Tony and his team manage some 14,000 trees and share their passion for trees with the visitors to Kew. He has been on several plant collecting expeditions in East Asia, including South Korea, the Russian Far East, China and Japan to add to Kew’s collection and replace trees lost in the Great Storm of 1987. Recently, you may have seen him on television talking trees with Dame Judy Dench.

To apply for tickets, please complete the booking form and either mail it to:

Mrs S Hatherell, Moolham Mill, Ilminster TA19 0PD- tel: 01460 52834

or email it to