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Growing Greener: Trees for gardens

Arit talks to world-renowned tree expert Tony Kirkham, who explains their importance

There’s not much on this planet that’s lived through Ice Ages, outlasted the dinosaurs and survived all that humans have thrown at them – yet continue to be the lungs of the world.

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We look up to them, we shelter under them but we can all bring a tree into this world, however small our garden – world-renowned tree expert Tony Kirkham explains why we cannot – and must not – live without them.

Listen now to this fascinating discussion with Arit Anderson and Tony Kirkham:


About our guest

Dr Tony Kirkham was the Head of Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew until his retirement in 2021. He is the author of many award-winning and popular books on trees, including pruning and training guides and his celebration of their glory in Remarkable Trees (Thames & Hudson).


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