The Charity (no. 1141252) was set up in 2011, following Kenneth Ashburner’s death the previous year, in order to safeguard the National Collections of Birch and Alder. Our remit is to increase knowledge of these beautiful, and extraordinarily useful, trees. As part of this remit our Garden Manager has worked with Botanic Gardens Conservation International, based in Kew, on a long term conservation project in Georgia.
The aim of the charity has always been to combine beauty and science within the gardens and to make it a place of delight for all, but more serious students of the genera can link through here to published scientific papers, as well as Kenneth Ashburner’s magnum opus on birch and alder ‘The Genus Betula’, published by Kew Publishing.