Spotlight on Favourite TreesErewash, Havant and Reading Tree Warden networks are all involved with initiatives designed to record and raise the profile of the links between trees and local heritage.
Reading Tree Wardens’ search for their borough’s Favourite Trees culminated in a National Tree Week exhibition at the Civic Centre.
The search, launched in November 2010 at the networks’ first meeting, resulted in 35 nominations from Tree Wardens themselves and others in the community. Oaks were the most popular species nominated.
From the nominations, a panel of judges selected 12 Favourite Trees across Reading. They were asked to consider the overall appeal of the tree, how it benefited its surroundings, its outstanding features and the reason the tree had been nominated. Top of their list was this weeping beech at Old Reading Cemetery.
The judges also selected a handkerchief tree in Forbury Gardens, Indian bean in St Mary’s Churchyard, Judas tree in St Laurence’s Churchyard and cedar of Lebanon in Castle Street – all in the town centre.
Others on the list were an old layered yew and Wellingtonia at Caverham Court, a Japanese pagoda tree just up the road at Caversham Library, English oaks in Emmer Green and Whitley, an Indian bean tree in Berkeley Avenue, London plane in Edinburgh Road and goat willow in Whiteknights Road.